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Melika Saeeda

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Melika
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Saeeda
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Ontario
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I grew up in Tehran, and as a child, I spent many happy hours flipping through magazines and getting lost in the illustrations. My dream was to meet the creators of those magical drawings.

In 1991, I began painting at an art university. After getting my BFA, I studied Graphic Design at TM University in Tehran. Meanwhile, I started freelancing in illustration, beginning with children's magazines and books. Eventually, I became the art director of one of my favorite magazines from my childhood. My dream had come true!

Over the past 10 years, I have illustrated more than 30 children's books in Turkey and Iran and a great number of my illustrations have appeared in Iranian children's magazines. My works had been shown at exhibitions and book fairs in Iran, the Emirates, and South Korea. I have been a member of the Iranian Illustration Association since 2007.

My style draws upon elements of traditional Persian miniatures, the "flatness" of which is surprisingly contemporary. I love to experiment with new media in an effort to appeal to children, like the girl who was inspired by those magazines so many years ago.
Publications
2008 MOSQUITO PHOTO, Soureh Mehr Publishing, Tehran-Iran

2010 MARZBAN NAMEH, Soureh Mehr Publishing, Tehran-Iran

2011 THE BOY AND 12 MONTHS OF THE YEAR, Khoroos Publishing, Tehran-Iran

2011 BAREFOOTED ANTS, Soureh Mehr Publishing, Tehran-Iran

2011 AN ADVENTURES SHELF, Monadi Tarbiat, Tehran-Iran

2012 SWEET YOGURT, Peydayesh Publication, Tehran-Iran

2012 CLOUD, WIND, RAIN, Lampa Publication Tehran-Iran

2012 THE BIRD WHO DOES NOT KNOW, Kanoon Publication Tehran-Iran

2013 The OLD WOMAN AND HER DARLING GUESTS, Soureh Mehr Publishing, Tehran-Iran

2013 LOVELY PIGEONS, Soureh Mehr Publishing, Tehran-Iran

2013, Little Rabbit Series, Çamlica Çocuk Publication, Istanbul-Turkey:
LITTLE RABBIT GOES TO PICNIC
A HAPPY DAY
THE PHOTOGRAPHER OWL
A BIG CARROT
LITTLE RABBIT AND THE PAINTING
LITTLE RABBIT AND THE GIRAFFE
LITTLE RABBIT AND THE KITTY
LITTLE RABBIT IN LUNA PARK
LITTLE RABBIT AND THE TIME

2015 TURKISH KOOCKING, Koodakan-e- Donya, Tehran-Iran

2015 HICH ESHGHE-E-TAZE-E…, Kanoon Publishing, Tehran-Iran

2015 AZ NOK-E KODKAR-E MAN GOL MICHEKAD, KanoonPublishing, Tehran-Iran

2016 AN, MAN, NABARAN 4 series, Soureh Mehr Publishing, Tehran-Iran
Awards
-Achieving Newcomer Artist Mentorship Grant of Toronto Arts Council-2018
-”Glass Slipper Award” for illustration and the winner of the portfolio showcase in SCBWI Art of Story Conference, Montreal 2019.
-RBC arts access fund recipients 2019.
Other Memberships
The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators(SCBWI)

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