SIBF guides children in the art of making future careers as artists
Illustrators Nicolette Bertelle (right) and Alia Al Badi at SIBF.
Mohammad Yusuf, Feature Writer
Leading children’s book illustrators at the 41st Sharjah International Book Fair (November 2-13) provided an illuminating insight into the art of book illustration, from concept through various stages of execution, during of a captivating panel discussion at the Expo Center Sharjah on November 6.
The panel discussion, featuring Italian children’s book illustrator Nicolette Bertelle and Emirati illustrator Alia Al Badi, demonstrated how artists transform stories and text into striking images and exciting visual material, to engage young people. readers.
Al Badi, who enriches children’s books with colorful and evocative images, says she reads stories from a child’s perspective and translates the mental image that resonates with her the most into illustrations.
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Fellow panelist Bertelle said, “I’m talking to the publisher about their expectations for the images; and then I take the book as a reader, not as an illustrator. The final artwork you see is the result of both processes. For books aimed at young children, especially those not old enough to read themselves, certain criteria such as larger illustrations with more vibrant colors are followed, while more abstract images and coloring may be followed. used in works for older children.
Both illustrators also said that they heavily follow their own emotions when illustrating. Bertelle, who has over 120 books to her credit, said, “You incorporate your own life experiences and visual references into your illustrations. Although there is constant research and work in illustration, I know that I am on the right track if the images evoke particular emotions in me. Colors can also add powerful references or symbolism, believes Al Badi, who pointed out that in her stories aimed at young Emirati children, she makes painstaking efforts to fully understand the local culture and its details. “Words in themselves have a magic spell that helps us create,” Bertelle said, while Al Badi said a rule of thumb she follows when illustrating is that she imagines she is a child playing with colors.
The operation of the camera explained to the SIBF.
The artists also advised young children to “draw, draw, draw” to become artists and illustrators in their careers. Bertelle added: “Don’t be afraid to make mistakes; because that’s where you also make incredible discoveries. Be determined and tenacious in carrying out your work and be passionate about what you do. Capitalizing on the growing global interest in anime and manga series, SIBF organizers filled the Comics Corner with numerous activities for visitors to gain hands-on experience in comic book creation. During a session called “Creating a digital comic” on November 7, the young participants were introduced to the basics of creating the character of their choice.
Workshop participants also learned the process of developing a comic character, starting with creating panels and speech bubbles, through to finalizing the techniques for doing so. Grace Fawaz, an interior designer with a passion for digital art, who led the session, said: “Kids aren’t afraid to express themselves and experiment, and that’s the soul of the strip. drawn.
“It’s the mix between verbal and visual expression. Most children who attend these sessions are just beginning to discover the concept. and yet, I am often surprised by the clarity of the emotions they convey when working on their characters. “We also have sessions on color mixology, character creation, and even NFT artwork,” she added. “Several interactive sessions are scheduled and free for those who are curious and want to know more about the subject. Our morning sessions are usually 30 minutes long while afternoon sessions are one hour long. The Comic Corner is located in the workshop area in Hall 7 of SIBF 2022, which takes place under the theme “Spread the word. A baby in a flowerpot, a toddler in a teacup and a boy jumping off the stage are some of the images that were created during the “Perspective Photography” session on day four of SIBF.
The families thoroughly enjoyed the 30 minute workshop as they formulated their action plan to organize a setting of their choice. Accomplished filmmaker and workshop leader Hasan Al Moussawi explained basic camera operations to a group of professional and amateur photographers, including children.
“A strong background and foreground are very important in perspective photography,” he noted. “While camera techniques can be interpreted endlessly using various technical terms, the real result of an impactful image lies in perspective. Finding individuality is the key to bringing your visual idea to life. While participants collaborated to conceptualize and derive an image, photographer Amer Hazem helped fine-tune the final take of a photograph – which was then presented to participants as keepsakes for attending the session Six workshops on various aspects of photography are held every day in the workshop area of Hall 7 throughout the 12 days of the book fair.
Other art highlights at SIBF include a screen printing workshop, involving a technique that includes a textile material and a stencil to be printed on a surface, such as paper, t-shirts, posters, vinyl or wood; a place to learn paper quilling or paper decorating, also known as paper filigree; a resin art workshop that offers beginners the opportunity to explore the use of epoxy resin to create beautiful abstract works of art – a great way to add color to your home or start your own decoration projects and the workshop for making dolls, sculptures and masks for children of all ages which allows them to tell their own stories through paper and cardboard.