My name is Leila and I am an illustrator living in the beautiful region of Hertfordshire in the UK. I am an alumni of the Illustrating Children’s Books Diploma course offered by the London Art College and tutored by Maggy Roberts. I wanted to share my journey since I took the course back in 2014.
Drawing everyday has been pivotal in me developing a style and my style has evolved so much since I started this journey into becoming an illustrator. At first I was resistant to experimenting with different materials and techniques, like Maggy requested, I was struggling a lot. Do not give up. For me, moving into digital was the right thing to do, it has opened so many possibilities for me and only then was I able to experiment with brushes and techniques, and find something that resonated with who I am. I have actually created new art from the course using my digital skills and I am a lot happier with the outcome. But that is also taking into consideration that it’s been six years since I first started and i have continuously grown and worked hard to be where I am at today.
My latest book “Bear Loves Pears” is the first book that I self published that I am proudly showing around and talking about. Although I have self published and illustrated other books prior to this one, the art inside and the stylistic approach to a book, is more in line with my personality and what I want to put out into the world.
You can see the book on my website along with some of the inside art. Here is the page: https://www.leilanabih.com/bear-loves-pears
You can buy the book here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bear-Loves-Pears-Leila-Nabih
Do feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about illustrating children’s books or self publishing . I am currently open for commissions and looking for representation.
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