Not long after we decided to start a blog here at Qamber Kids, we thought it would be fun to interview our #IllustratorTeam. We are very lucky and grateful to have such a fantastic team of artists at our disposal and wanted to share some of that awesomeness with you.
Today we’re excited to introduce you to the works and wisdom of Fatima Ghuloom. Fatima, otherwise known as Tima, is a digital and traditional Bahrain based artist. She’s super passionate about art and is currently studying visual design in University and on the side, she helps Qamber Kids with some illustrations.
QK: Fatima, thank you for taking the time to share with us today. To begin, can you tell us about your journey into illustrating and what led you to pursue your passion?
FG: Well, I’ve found a love for drawing from an early age and it just continued to grow stronger through time. It was during my last years of high school that I came to the decision that I wanted to consider illustration as more than just a hobby.
QK: Illustration can be as tough a market to break into as the books we help bring to life. As you developed your career, what helped you most?
FG: I’d probably say that continuing to illustrate and create, even when orders are slow, helped me the most. Also expanding further creative skills rather than focus on solely developing my illustration skills.
QK: We see you prefer using both digital and traditional methods in your creations. Do you have a favorite medium and can you describe your technique?
FG: Digital is great for creating illustrations on the go while maintaining a little bit of that traditional aesthetic. But I would say traditional is what I enjoy doing the most. The only downside of it is that it is very time consuming especially because I prefer to work with color pencils. My technique involves creating a very smooth and polished look as if done with acrylics which is why perfecting a single piece can take up to two weeks.
QK: Is there a medium you love but don’t get a chance to use often in your work?
FG: Definitely acrylic paints. Creating textures and scenery with it is great however color is very limited. That’s why I usually like to mix between digital and traditional to fix that issue.
QK: Depending on your medium, how long does it take you to complete a project, typically and how do you decide when it is done?
FG: Most of my illustrations are done digitally, which helps get orders done faster. I would say it depends on the complexity of the piece, but my average is a week.
QK: Any projects from your portfolio you are especially proud of and would like to share?
FG: The six cats one. It is quite a simple and funny piece but I love the colors I’ve put together and of course the cat’s faces!
QK: While working on so many wonderful projects, have you been inspired to write a picture book of your own?
FG: It definitely has, the few projects I’ve worked on actually helped me when creating a lyrics book for one of my course’s projects.
QK: Are there any new projects you’re working on that you’d like to share with us?
FG: For now, I had to put work on hold since university projects are overwhelming me. But who knows what future projects I’ll be working on?
QK: Are there any professional goals that you have not yet reached? What do you see for you future?
FG: I would definitely love to work on a picture book project!
QK: Do you have any advice or insight for illustrators who are trying to break in?
FG: I’d say don’t be shy about putting your work out there. And always keep on practicing and improving your skills. One thing that helped me personally as well was developing more than one style. Helps you be more flexible for the market, you know?
QK: Fatima, thank you for sharing your lovely works and words with us today!
You can discover more of Fatima Ghuloom’s work on her portfolio at Qamber Kids.
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