This is the first part of a two-part inteview with illustrator Fatemeh Haghnejad. The interview in its entirety can be found throughout the month of August in the “Featured Artist” link to the right.
Fatemeh Haghnejad is an illustrator of rare gifts and delight. Hailing from Tehran, Iran, Her work in numerous children’s books is imbued with a soft, warm magical light and a sense of wonder that is all her own
Are there any favorite projects that you’ve worked on?
I always feel that I should do so much better than the pictures I have already done, but I think my favorites are the illustrations for the book “My Mother is Butterfly”
Who are some of the artists or artworks that have inspired you?
I’m mainly inspired by music and photography, there are so many artists, Michael Sowa for one, Oscar Wilde stories etc., and many works from 19th Century. But the artist that really inspired me the most is my mother, ever since I was a small child, and also my grandfather who has a talent for imaginative poems and painting.
I really owe it to all my family, I remember when I was about 8 years old I began trying to tell stories on paper with illustration . They are the reason that I began to draw at a tender age.
Please tell us a bit about your general work process.
Everyday I wake up early, ready for a creative day. Generally I work at home but I try to keep my sketchbook with me in a bag, so that I can sketch anywhere. And I try to stop working around 7:00 or 8:00 pm.