Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Day 242: Drawing a Girl with Yasmeen Ismail

Irish-born, Bristol-based Yasmeen Ismail is an award-winning author, illustrator and animator. Yasmeen studied at art school in her hometown, Dublin and graduated in 2002. After Yasmeen moved to London she lent her talents to many different projects ranging from advertising to children's publishing. 

After moving to London and running a successful animation production company and having worked in varying capacities within it (Director, Designer, Creative, Animator, Producer, Script-writer) Yasmeen found herself writing and illustrating picture books. From her experience with scripts and storyboards she is familiar with writing narratives and working with story lines, and is especially acquainted with editing her work and writing creatively within boundaries. In turn, and as a result of her animating background, her illustrations are bright, fluid and full of energy and movement. She has a love of watercolours, inks and paints and is moving to all sorts of other mediums. Yasmeen has a propensity to experiment and expand in all areas of her work and is constantly trying new ways to improve her writing and drawing. 

Currently Yasmeen is illustrating her fourth book for Bloomsbury UK, and her first (and second) for Walker Books, and is writing her second for Nosy Crow. She has just completed a book for Pan Macmillan. She has more exciting projects lining up for 2016. She has written and illustrated several more picture books and activity books, which will be released in 2015, 2016 and 2017. 

She enjoying her new city, Bristol, and now has a new cat called Betty, who is from Yorkshire. Yasmeen and her husband spend their evenings talking to her. 

Remember to visit Yasmeen's website!

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