Barnboksveckans gäster 2013: Sinan Hallak

Sinan Hallak är en libanesisk illustratör och grafisk formgivare. Det var strax efter att han börjat studera företagsekonomi som han insåg att han inte alls ville bli vare sig affärsman eller banktjänsteman utan i stället arbeta med visuell kommunikation. I dag frilansar han som grafisk formgivare och har illustrerat flera böcker som publicerats i arabvärlden.

IB: Why did you become a children’s books author/illustrator? Were you interested in stories and pictures as a child, or was it your own child that needed stories, or is it a way to make the world a better place to live in?
SH: As a child, I had an ordinary interest in drawing, nothing to draw the attention of my entourage. Before joining an Art school, I studied Business! It was quite soon after starting my Business studies, when I realized that I'm not meant to be a businessman or a banker… Despite this, I took my Business degree… but meanwhile, I've discovered my authentic passion which is "Visual communication". So I joined ALBA (Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts) and started a new chapter in my life. Over my 5 academic years at ALBA, my interest in Visual Communication got channeled towards illustration… but I never realized that I've become a children's books' illustrator specifically, until I published my first book.
IB: Do you write/illustrate also for adults?
SH: Yes, I've illustrated a couple of books for adults.
IB: Do you believe that children’s books should be read by grown ups as well?
SH: 100%… a good children's book can amazingly touch an adult for what he/she can associate it with his/her childhood dreams, fears, concerns and thoughts… it's a beautiful window to a universe that we use to belong to and still feel nostalgic about!
IB: Do you remember when and where your first text/illustration was published?
SH: Not so long ago… Beirut 2010
IB: What are you working on right now?
SH: I've been working on several children's books and e-books that should be out soon, I'm also working on a series of school e-books that I'm doing in collaboration with several other lebanese illustrators.