Yasmeen Ismail
Poetry illustrations for Take Off Your Brave by Nadim (aged 4)

Children's Publishing

Commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
I was commissioned by Walker to illustrate this book of poetry by a very young author. Nadim was only 4 years old and I wanted to make sure that his debut was treated with respect and sensitivity. I worked hard to create something he could be proud of, and that would reflect the playfulness & joy of his poetry. I also wanted to celebrate the fact that he is so young. It was a pleasure to work on.

How was the illustration used:
The illustrations are on the cover and throughout the book.

How did you make this work:
I used multimedia to created the illustrations, such as watercolours, pencil, Conté, ink, pastels and Photoshop.

Commissioner Name :
Denise Johnstone-Burt
Commissioner Company :
Walker Books

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Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology
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Irish-born, Bristol-based Yasmeen Ismail is an award-winning author, illustrator and animator. Yasmeen studied at art school in her hometown, Dublin. She loves to experiment and expand in all areas of her work and is constantly trying new ways to improve her writing and drawing. She loves working in children's publishing and finds it very fulfilling. She can't believe her luck.