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Artistic techniques, fantasy illustration, and graphic design captivate visitors to the 27th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair’s Illustrator’s Corner

May 1, 2017
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Artistic techniques, fantasy illustration, and graphic design captivate visitors to the 27th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair’s Illustrator’s Corner

A diverse array of artistic expression is available for visitors with a penchant for oil paint technique, fantasy illustration, character and graphic design to indulge in at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair Illustrator’s Corner, which this year showcases artworks from an array of local and internationally acclaimed artists, illustrators, animators and designers from across the world.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, ADIBF is organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), and runs until 2 May 2017 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).

The Illustrator’s Corner brings together a selection of 22 artists from the UAE and across the globe, each covering a variety of artistic forms including cartoon drawing, fantasy illustration, digital animation, canvas and oil painting, calligraphy, imaginative typography and more. Art enthusiasts are presented with an opportunity to interact with established artists participating in the 27th edition of Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, all of whom are here to showcase their captivating portfolios.

The impressive roster of artists hailing from the Arab world and presenting their creative talent includes Arwa Al Amoodi, Amna Al Zaabi, Sumaia Almoodi, Maria Al Binali, Mona Yakan, Sahar Abdallah, Hamda Saad, Ahmed Halawani, Fadi Fayyad, Urooj Sabir, Mariyam Al Hammadi, Diaa Allam and Ahmad Altattan. Mohammed Aljneibi, Ibrehem Swaid, Ashraf Hossam, Hassan Amekan round-off the selection of artists originating from the Middle East and North Africa.

Ruth Burrows, David Machedo, Patricia Thoma, Vernis Brown and JC Roxas form the line-up of internationally acclaimed talent to grace the scene as participants of the Illustrator’s Corner, while speakers Nadine Kaadan and Manu Ripoll host talks on conflict, identity and diversity in children’s picture books and illustration in travel journal respectively.

Designed as a vibrant hub where fair visitors can partake in creative exploration, knowledge-sharing and multimedia discovery, the Illustrator’s Corner carries a distinctive programme that combines dialogue on the creative evolution of children’s books illustration to live displays of how recycled trash can be turned to art pieces, 2D and 3D animations and a variety of imaginative art forms.

Additional workshops on a number of art-related topics, digital and animation styles, coupled with live demonstrations by artists on the process of creating compelling art pieces through inspired imagination, will be on offer during the remainder of the fair.

German fine artist and picture book illustrator Patricia Thoma will present her own work on Sunday 30 April, while Egyptian Sahar Abdallar delves into the art of creating illustrations for children’s books using paper, textiles and acrylic colours on Monday May 1.

The Illustrator’s Corner also encourages the fair’s young visitors to nurture their expressive talents, creative abilities, and an interest in participating in the variety of contemporary art styles that continue to evolve across the world.

The region’s fastest-growing book fair, ADIBF 2017 has gained acclaim for bringing together leading international authors, publishers, artists and exhibitors from across the world in a vibrant celebration of the region’s literary landscape. This year, the fair offers visitors more than 800 captivating activities to engage in across the exhibition’s floor.

 

For further information, please visit: http://adbookfair.com/

 

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