Illustrator Interviews – Fatima Ghuloom

Illustrator Interviews – Fatima Ghuloom

by Jennifer Silverwood, December 29, 2017

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.

If you enjoyed getting to know Fatima and would like to show some Illustrator love, please share or leave a comment below.


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