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July 1, 2023

Happy July all!

Hello! Welcome to a prelude blog post about myself - Farah Shah.

For those who don't know me, I am a pakistani children's illustrator and I am currently based South, UK.

Originally born and bred in West Yorkshire, I moved down South to seek new and exciting opportunties.

For as long as I can remember, I have had a pencil in my hand and drawn the day away. I am reminded by this by some photos taken of me during my early childhood years. (I will need to dig these out to show you, one day) I graduated back in 2012 with a first-class honors degree in Graphics Design, Illustration and Digital Media. During this time, I didn't really know where my career would take me, that is until 2016.

I moved to Cambridge and attended a Master's degree course in Children's Book Illustration in 2016. This two year course has been a stepping stone in persuing a career towards children illustration, which is where I am at in 2023. Without this, I wouldn't be lucky enough to do my dream job today - drinking coffee and paint cute pictures all day!

"A day in the life" (2021) by Farah Shah

Above is a bit more insight about myself and my daily routine. When I am not creating, I am very lucky enough to travel around the UK to some of my favourite places, like my home town to see my cat or by the coast for a bit of sea air!

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Thank you so much for reading and I hope you have enjoyed getting to know me a bit more!

I hope the rest of July is full of inspiration and joy, just as we start the Summer holidays here in the UK.

See you next month!

Farah x



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