In this online program, you will learn how to write and illustrate your very own story. You will learn about character design, writing stories, hand lettering and you will gain inspiration from storybooks and famous picture book illustrators. You will learn to adapt stories into graphic narratives and complete a short picture book. drawing inspiration from your own interests. Focus will be on colour theory, perspective and dynamic human figure drawing and composition.
Farida Zaman has a passion for art and design and in her 20 years as a freelance illustrator she has worked in Europe, North America, and the Middle East with clients across the world, bringing style, colour, and joy to many. Trained in fine art and illustration and now a seasoned freelance professional, Farida displays a wide versatility of applications of her style: her art has been used in posters, book covers, children's book illustrations, clothing, packaging, and giftware. The look is unmistakable - lively, colourful, whimsical, and executed with flair and drama - designs that always enhance and enliven. Her style includes watercolours, gouache, and digital mediums.
Farida enjoys travel and loves food, music, and culture from around the world. She travels extensively – across oceans and across continents. Her travel influences come through strongly in her work: she is cosmopolitan, appreciates global cultures and multiculturalism, and has a world view. All of this translates into a passion which makes her art enriching and inspiring. Farida went to boarding school in England and went on to a foundation course at the Chelsea School of Art in London. Graduating at the top of her class with honors from the Wimbledon School of Art, Farida built an international career as a freelance illustrator in Geneva, London, New York, and Toronto. Her work has been exhibited at private shows and public galleries in New York City, New Jersey, and Toronto. She is a member of the Society of Illustrators in New York, SCBWI (Society for Children's Book writers and Illustrators), and CANSCAIP (Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators, and Performers). She has taught art at colleges, high school, and elementary school levels and also run adult art workshops. Farida is married and lives in Toronto where she has her friends, family, and art studio
"Brenda’s gift of a course was one of the most lovely presents I have ever had! I utterly loved the course. Farida is such a kind and caring person, and treated all our efforts with enthusiasm and joy. I learnt so much and have the confidence to keep painting I hope in a more creative and free manner. I hope to do another course one day.” - Joan B.