Bar Fabian

Bar Fabian

Bar Fabian Interview

Bar Fabian

Children's Illustrator

Who or what made you want to become an illustrator?

My mother. She was an archaeologist and a painter by profession, She used to paint the flint vessels for the Antiquities Authority

I always admired her and wanted to be like her So I tried to imitate her drawings when I was a child

How and why did you decide to pursue illustration as your career?

My dream was to illustrate a children's book. I was stubborn enough to send my portfolio everywhere. The first book I illustrated was a bestseller in a well-known children's series, called Detective Games by Michael Ebb. Since then my illustration style has changed a lot.

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Where do you currently live and where did you grow up?

I grew up in Be'er Sheva, it's a city in the desert, in the south of Israel. Today I live in Givatayim, which is very close to Tel Aviv

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Have you always loved to draw?

Yes, since I can remember, I have always drawn. In pencil, pens, pastel, oil. It wasn't until I was 16 that I discovered how to draw on a computer

Do you have a favourite soundtrack you listen to when you’re working?

Mostly a Disney soundtrack.

Are you an author/illustrator?

Full-time freelance illustrator. I am currently writing my first children's book.

When you are not drawing, how do you like to relax?

I like to read and play the piano. But unfortunately, I don't have enough time, but every day I go for a walk at noon with the dogs - it always calms me down 

What are some of your favourite subjects to draw?

I will prefer any book that has animals in it. But I also like books with human characters that have a twist

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Animals feature heavily in children’s books – do you have a pet?

I love animals, that's why I have 2 dogs. Kali and Koya

Have you ever thought about trying out a different technique or a different style?

Yes, I try to change my perspective and my technique every now and then, I don't like to be fixed. On the other hand, it is important for me to maintain a certain line that I feel is mine.

Where do you get the ideas for your characters?

Most of the time I will see them in my imagination when I read the story, it happens immediately. But I try to understand with the writer what he sees in order to make it accurate

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