Exciting News! I just signed a contract to illustrate a picture book for Big Belly Books Co.
I thought I' d drop a quick line on here to let you know what I have been up to as its been a while since I shared anything. I've spent the month thinking and analysing where I am and how i want to move forward, thanks to the services of a marketing consultant. I've … Continue reading Refreshed Website and Portfolio
Querying agents and reaching out to publishing houses.
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Because I need to have that sense of self achievement, I've decided to do a review of all my major activities in 2017. Managing a household and a toddler is very time consuming so any progress I have made will give me the confidence to move on forward. Things tend to feel like they move … Continue reading 2017 in Review
It's here and it's done! And I'm so pleased with the end result. It's taken me a year and a half to be able to see this book project through. But I'm delighted to announce that it is now available for purchase on amazon. I've received my proof copy yesterday and i love it. It … Continue reading Joy’s Sneakers
Because I do love to share my progress online with my fans, family and friends, I thought I’d drop in a line today to mention that I am today’s Featured Illustrator on Kathy Temean’s Blog, Writing and Illustrating.
It is such an honour and a privilege to be featured on such a specialist blog. I feel like I’ve crossed another milestone with this feature. I’ve been following her and her blog posts for more than three years now, and she has been a very valuable source of information for me to learn about the processes, the ins and outs of the children’s books industry, and to meet virtually other individuals with the same passion as mine.
I highly recommend anyone working in the children’s books industry to follow her blog and subscribe to her posts. You can thank me later !
Enough chitter chatter for today. Head on over to her blog and read my interview.
Leila’s illustrations combine hand drawn lines and digital elements. She loves drawing bunnies and cats, as well as little boys and girls. At the moment she is working on a few self initiated educational projects to benefit her two year old toddler and submitting picture book dummies to a variety of publishing houses. She has self published a couple of books and is currently working on another two. She has also been commissioned to design and create picture books as gifts for little children from their parents, aunts or friends.
Leila has a French baccalauréat in sciences, a Bachelors degree in chemistry with a thesis in organic chemistry, a Masters degree in international business and a certificate of achievement in illustrating children’s books from a London based school. She speaks several languages and have grown up and lived in around 10 countries across the world (so far).
Here is Leila discussing her process:
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Thank you to all those who came to the Pictures at Play Launch Event on Thursday 28th September at the Half Moon Theater Gallery. It was a great evening altogether and I will remember this day forever. Such a huge milestone for me. Here are a few photographs of the place and the evening for … Continue reading Pictures at Play Launch Event – Pictures
I've recently volunteered to help a friend run a picture book event. It was not something I had planned and it certainly didn't come at the best of times, but it gave me an additional purpose for a little while, and it felt good.
A wordless picture book worth a thousand words