The Path Towards The Island

“I hope that children will come to know the animals and nature in our homeland of Qatar…and continue to appreciate and protect them.” Shaikha Al Zeyara (author) “As I illustrated this story, it brought back memories of my childhood friend, my co-creator of nutshell boats with paper sails. The boats didn’t float and the seas…

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Illustration: Picture Books

Author Julia Johnson is based in Dubai and has written dozens of stories for children, which frequently focus on the history and culture of the Arabian Peninsula. Scroll down to see the illustration process of this book. The Old Man and his Donkey Written by: Julia Johnson Publisher: Medina Publishing “Abu and his donkey have been together for…

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Illustration: Prints

Traffic is everyday Doha…though the roundabouts are disappearing. Doha’s roads host an international culture of their own. To drive is to observe and learn––fast. Lean into the road culture far enough and you might––dare I say…like it. That includes D-ring and the roundabouts that stem from it. If you need an additional perspective, this print combats road…

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Collaborations

Collaborating with and Archiving Children’s Visual Exploration. Artwork that is unique to a child’s personality is worth preserving and “encapsulating.” These are pieces that are imagined out of a moment in time. Some of the work is developed into more significant collaborative artworks with permanence…artwork that encapsulates children’s otherwise fleeting visual story. The images below document some of the…

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Illustration: ‘Marvellous Creatures’ at the MIA

Collaborating for a Grand Experience These desk-sized illustrations were converted into massive wall art that encompassed the exhibition at the MIA (Museum of Islamic Art). The little scribble above was done during one of the meetings with the diverse and talented team that made the exhibition come to life. It was a privilege to be part of the Marvellous…

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Illustration: Heritage

Heritage images commissioned by Akkadian Press to produce Snap Cards for UCL (University College London). Local Qatari culture is visually reimagined with purposeful colours and a stylised visuals. While I was working I listened to The Three Tenors:

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Teaching: Collaboration with Qatar Museums

This bespoke project fully put my philosophy of art education into action. The students and the partnership with Qatar Museums Family & Schools Programme propelled this shared vision further than any of us expected. The Year 4 student at Doha College let their creative energy be vulnerable to possibilities and risks. Most valuable was not the large final artwork, but…

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Teaching: Photoshop

“Respect,” A Storybook by Students and Teacher facilitators at the American School of Doha, Qatar. In this project I assisted a group of grade 5 students to digitally colour their illustrations using  Adobe Photoshop. They started with hand-drawn pencil drawings and traced those marks with black ink. Afterwards, the students applied colour digitally. The solid, flat, and vibrant colours emphasised their initial story…

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