The Illustrator's Notebook by Mohieddine Ellabbad

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Through simple words and gorgeous images, Mohieddin Ellabbad reflects on his childhood and on the cultural influences that led him to become one of Egypt’s finest illustrators. Using his own creative awakening as an example, he encourages young artists to find inspiration in the world around them, through the most ordinary sources: everyday objects, favorite books and magazines, even through explorations of their own feelings. Pages from Ellabbad’s exquisitely illustrated notebooks are reproduced in their entirety, offering readers of all ages rare insight into the history and traditions of Arabic literature.

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Egyptian author and illustrator Mohieddin Ellabad uses both words and images to describe his inspiration as an artist. Addressing his young readers directly, he explores such diverse questions as: Where do stories come from? What favourite book or magazine awakens your imagination? What new things can you see when you look at everyday objects in a different way? How does the way you feel affect what you draw? And is your skin really the same color as the tint called "flesh pink"?
Published March 29, 2006 by Groundwood Books. 36 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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He covers diverse topics, from the value of random souvenirs, or of just looking, to observing how illustrators in other countries have depicted cats, his childhood dreams (“I am very lucky to have found this career, because now I can draw myself as the streetcar driver I always wanted to be.”) a...

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