IBBY-Yamada 2014: Zambia

Scholarship for a young illustrator

The IBBY-Yamada Fund sponsored a young illustrator from IBBY Zambia, Thompson Namukaba, to attend a children’s book illustration course in South Africa. Thompson Namukaba, a self-taught artist, works as an illustrator at the Zambia Educational Publishing House and for commissioned projects.

The Children’s Book Illustration workshop was held at the Stellenbosch University, sponsored by the Centre for Comic, Illustrative and Book Arts (CCIBA). The workshop included techniques for children’s book illustration, what art materials can be used effectively and the portrayal of character development in children’s books. Additional topics included the development of a portfolio, self-promotion and finding a market.

Upon his return to Zambia Thompson Namukaba organized a workshop for Zambian illustrators and authors of children books. This is the first stage of a project that will be supported by the IBBY-Yamada Fund next year.