Art And Culture

Illustrator’s Workshops in Brazil

Illustrator’s Workshops in BrazilIllustrator’s Workshops in Brazil

Iranian artist Fereshteh Najafi who illustrated the book ‘Pe and Vast World’ will visit Brazil on an invitation by the Brazilian publisher of the book.

The book, written by the famous Brazilian Paulo Venturelli was published by the country’s Positivo publications, IRNA reported.

Najafi has previously participated in the Bologna Book Fair in 2015. Held since 1963 in Italy’s Bologna city, the fair is the world’s most prestigious children’s book exhibition and is organized during the last four days of March every year.

The author plans to hold a ceremony on May 16 in the Brazilian city of Curitiba after which “I am scheduled to hold three one-week workshops in Curitiba, Blue Horizonte, and Sao Paulo for Brazilian illustrators,” said Najafi, who won the New Horizons prize of the 2014 Bologna Exhibition with the book ‘Do not Open the Door’ published by a UAE publisher.

Born in Tehran in 1973, Fereshteh Najafi got her master’s degree in illustration from Tehran Art University. Her artistic experience includes working as a graphic designer for various children’s magazines, art manager for several school and story books, and illustrating over 20 books published in different countries.

She has participated in tens of local and international exhibitions and won a couple of awards.

On the creative process she uses to illustrate children’s books Najafi said, “First, I study the story, thinking several times about its objects, characters, and the spaces in which all the objects exist and move. Then I begin to create the images and figures. After drawing the initial outlines, I start to color.”

She uses a new technique every time she illustrates a book. Noting that she finds it fascinating to create new ideas, she said, “I often end up with something different from what I plan initially,” adding that “I carefully examine an illustration for several weeks so I can bring each to a good end.”