Sajjad Khalid [sajjadkhalid]
What is your specialty in illustration?
I draw illustrations realistically in drawing and then stylize in colouring.
What are your regular clients like? What do they expect from you?
My clients are NGO's and publishers. Some individual clients like book authors and columnists also commission me work. I have worked for some clients overseas who are satisfied with the work.
Is there a web address where we can see some of your work?
I have to upload so many illustrations yet because in Picasaweb, I have a selection of my works in different disciplines.
Have you completed formal art studies, or are you self-taught?
I have a degree of Masters in Fine Arts. Fine Arts was also an elective subject in intermediate level.
How did you get your first full assignment? What did it involve?
An artist who was working in an NGO was given an assignment to make illustrations for some booklets about Family Planning but he suggested my name for those Illustrations.
What past or present day illustrators do you admire most?
I am not a regular illustrator but in Pakistan one of my class fellows Sajid is a good Illustrator. Another illustrator named Ali Azmat was also working in Lahore. Jawwad Nawaz Khan, Sabir Nazar, Khalid Hussain are my favourite illustrators in Pakistan.
How similar are your current drawings to those you did as a child?
Realistic because I have to think too much to draw a caricature.
What was your favorite comic book as a child?
Superman and Spiderman. I also liked Mad and Punch magazines.
Do you have a particular style, or does it vary a lot?
I could not make a particular style because of the less work in illustrations. I did most of my work in calligraphy, graphic design and painting.
What is hardest to draw?
Fore shortening, hands, feet, animals etc. But I am comfortable with good references.
What type of music do you listen to while you work?
Pakistani Ghazals, Indian film songs.
Do you have a favorite work of art?
"Tranfiguration" by Rafael, "Creation of Adam" by Michelangelo, Monalisa by Leonardo Da Vinci.
What do you do when a client simply says "I don't like it"?
I mostly anticipate it and prepare myself. I gather all my energy to do the Job again according to his requirement but if I feel, he is playing with me, I simply refuse to work for him.
What new techniques have you been experimenting with lately?
I have been using computer for colouring. My favourite tools are Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop.
What part of your work do you do on paper and what part digitally?
I draw manually and paint or colour digitally.
What research do you do for your illustrations?
First of all I gather all the information and its related material from the client. Then I use my own library for related text and images. I use internet to find the relevant material too.
Do you have colleagues with whom you share techniques, tricks, ideas, etc.?
Do you have any specific goals as an illustrator?
Yes. I want to develop my own style by studying the anatomy and colouring techniques of outstanding illustrators.
What illustration web sites do you frequent?
What are you working on now?
What advice do you have for someone who likes to draw and would like to make a living from it?
First of all identify yourself as an Artist. Then learn book Illustration from a master. See how he works. Find some interesting stories that make their imagery in your mind and try to illustrate a scene or situation. Do not try to make your style in beginning, you will find a way naturally while you work. Follow your teacher completely while you are a student. after leaving your teacher, you can study other illustrators and learn from them. Try to strengthen your imagination because its a key to illustrate.