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Check out Layal Idriss’s Artwork

Today we’d like to introduce you to Layal Idriss.

Layal, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I grew up on the shores of the red sea, drenched in the red-hot sun of the Arabian Peninsula. I was a little dreamer building worlds and sipping pretends tea while sneaking treats from my grandma’s bakery. My love for color, magic, and wonder brought me to where I am today.

As a Whimsical Illustrator residing in Sunny Southern California, I earned a degree in Media Arts and Animation and started freelancing while at school. I continue to grow and participate in galleries locally and internationally. In 2017, I earned an MFA in Illustration from CSUF and started teaching in 2015. I love to inspire and be inspired by art every day.

Since I started my career, I was blessed to illustrate 17 books and other exciting projects. My passion for illustration and my love to spread wonder and whimsy is endless.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My art started and still to this day is an expression and a window to my imagination. I am an illustrator with a background in animation. I freelance as an art director and children’s book illustrator, participating in many galleries and art exhibits. I also teach art at the college level and enjoy the enthusiastic vibes of my classroom.

As a shy little girl, I never would have dreamed to stand in front of people and speak loud and clear, let alone draw in public! Creating art has not only inspired me but also empowered me. My artwork is a personal documentation of the little moments in life sprinkled with my emotions at the time of creation. Making art started as a venting tool to cope with life’s hardship and turning all the negativity into whimsical imagery, that comforts me and those who experience my art.

Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
This is the best time in the history of art for artists to thrive and make a living creating art. That being said, artists need to put in tones of effort in creating a unique style and body of work and to stay consistent in their journey and goals. I would like to see more open exhibits with a sense of diversity in style and aesthetic. A range of independent markets that are affordable and relevant and public awareness to shop small and support the arts.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Instagram is where I document my journey people can order prints directly by sending me a message. I appreciate all the support and Love.

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Image Credit:
Denise Williams

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