Posted by: Kathy Temean | October 9, 2016

Take A Look Sunday – Leila Nabih

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T2 Children’s Illustrators is a diverse group of dedicated, timely, and enthusiastic illustrators and writers from across the United States and several countries abroad. Our focus is on children’s picture book and juvenile educational publishing. But our expertise does not stop there. T2 Illustrators have collaborated on advertising campaigns, editorial features, toys, games, gifts, children’s apps, and e-books. We’re a well-versed group ready to meet your needs.

Nicole and Jeremy Tugeau are the agent/owners behind the T2 Team. They are ecstatic about their ever-growing agency, and they are committed to working hard for the network of illustrators who surround them. Nicole heads up the agency on a day-to-day basis.

What she enjoys most about being an Agent is the partnership-making, the relationships and of course the success stories. Jeremy is a long-time children’s illustrator, and he continues to work as an artist in this field while maintaining some involvement with T2 Illustrators as a creative resource and promotional guru.

HERE’S NICOLE:

Leila Nabih has put forth selections from her French original version of Little Red Riding Hood. This sparked my interest in the origin and date of not just the French version, but the original/first telling of Little Red Riding Hood (or similar). Some quick research into the matter revealed that in 2013, scientific research revealed that the tale originated in the 1st century in the Middle East.  It was previously thought to have originated in China. French peasants shared the tale as early as the 10th century. What a history!

Adhering, likely, to a more modern re-telling, Leila claims this version to be fun and whimsical and one that is focused on the big bad wolf. For purposes of critique, the text should have been translated to English to get a feel for the language and tone. It would have informed a deeper discussion about how the words work with the illustrations. Please note for next time, Leila! I did study French in high school and college, but that fades so quickly when it’s not put to use:/
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In the first picture, Leila presents a dapper wolf. He’s striking in graphite and the pop of red color. I love the belt buckle and the gesture including his left hand/paw tipping his hat in what appears to be an introduction OR a mysterious move to further hide his identity, lowering the brim.  It’s a lovely piece.
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The second spread introduces us to a preoccupied Red Riding Hood who is really, really cute in freckles and surrounded by butterflies. The illustration of the Wolf at top right suggests that he’s in a hurry. Great move by Leila to have the two characters oriented back to back to suggest that what Wolf is doing is under the nose and unbeknownst to Red.
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The third picture shows Wolf bracing or waiting or anticipating something.  He’s seemingly ready for action. The brick background is effective as is the shadow. And the piece gives us a good moment to be very intimate with Wolf. To really see his nose, and teeth, and claws. Oh my.
Overall, the illustrations are consistent and even and engaging. Tres bien!  Work to complete this story and find your publisher.

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Thank you Nicole for sharing your thoughts and expertise with us. I look forward to next Sunday.

Here’s Leila’s bio:

A little bit about me. I have started to work solely as an illustrator last year. I have recently graduated from London Art College with a Diploma in Illustrating Children’s Books and I have illustrated a short story available on itunes entitled “Imagine”. I am currently working on two other Children’s books to be published this year. Part of what I offer to my clients is to create customised illustrations for different occasions or as reproduction to photographs they send me. My prefered media in terms of art licensing is digital, whilst for children’s Illustrations I tend to mix and match between watercolours and digital. I am available for commissions and art licensing. Here is the link to my blog : http://leilanabih.wordpress.com/ and here is the link to my facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/LeilaNabihIllustrations

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

If you do not have an agent and would like to be featured and hear what is working or how it could be tweaked to help you sell your work, then please send Two or Three SEQUENTIAL illustrations (Two/three with the SAME “story/characters‎”) to:

Kathy.temean (at) gmail.com. Illustrations should be at least 500 pixels wide and your name should be in the .jpg title. Please put ILLUSTRATOR PORTFOLIO in the subject area and include a blurb about yourself that I can use to introduce you to everyone.

Each Sunday one illustrator will be featured.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. Very nice work, Leila!


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