BIO

Layal Idriss

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You can catch layal somewhere in the world in a library flipping through picture books and sipping coffee, Or on a train sketching on her Ipad, Or finally in a classroom moving around helping students. Layal is a travler living between 3 continents growing her creative business and helping creatives pursue a career in the arts. 

 

Southern California/Jeddah/London

 

Layal recently relocated to Loughborough, United Kingdom to start a new chapter as a Doctoral Researcher in the field of Storytelling. Layal is eager to build and grow her knowledge and technical skills and to continue building a magical space for artists to grow and thrive. 

Education

Teaching

2014 - Present

Aioc California

B.S in Media Arts and Animation from the Art Institiute of Orange County 

2014-2017

CSUF California

2022-2025

Lboro Uni UK

MFA in In Illustration from California State Univeristy Fullerton

P.h.D in Creative Arts (Storytelling) Loughborough Univeristy Fullerton

Layal has a flow and quick hand in watercolor and markers as well as a command of pattern design. From live illustrations to surface design, Layal’s portfolio is always full of wonder and whimsy.  

Some recent Clients: Clients: Valentino,

Barnes & Noble and Adore.

2017 - Present

2019 - Present

2014 - Present

2018 - Present

2020

2018

2014 - 2018

Radish House Agency (Rad Learning) Online 

California State Unversity Fullerton, California 

 

 

CSSSA Calarts. Valencia, California 

 

 

DAH Continued Education Jeddah, KSA 

 

 

Santiago Canyon College. Orange, California 

 

 

The Art Institute OC Santa Ana, California 

Illustration and storytelling are Layal’s main focus as an entrepreneur. She started by illustrating books and other projects, including surface design and fashion illustrations. Layal illustrated about 26 books and helped many artists pursue their dream to illustrate children’s book and practice in the field of Illustrations.

2022

By Sora Riyadh 

By Sora Madinah 

By Sora Al Jouf 

By Sora Brand 

 

Whos Choice 

Yasmeen’s Stories

2020

No Adults Allowed

Picture Book

Al Hudhud Publishing UAE

 

Selective Mutism

King Salman Center of Disability Research

2019

Maha’s Hobby

Picture Book

Al Hudhud Publishing UAE

2018

The Boy and the dark

Picture Book

Al Hudhud Publishing UAE

 

What’s the shape of my heart?

Picture Book

Takween Publishing Kuwait 

 

Cup of Coffee with Silver

Young Adult novel

Dar Arwa Al Arabia SA

2017

Redefine your Bee-ing

Book

Beejewel

 

Manna and Sara (Sieres)

1. Unwanted Visitor

2. The Pink Doll

3. Guacamole on the beach

4. My crazy hair

5. Dancing to the beat

Kadi and Ramadi SA

Children’s Book Series

 

What Grandpa needs?

Children’s book

Dar Al-Manar Publishing SA

 

It Drips in Sweetness

Picture Book

Dar Al Arabia Dubai

 

Growing Grace

Picture Book

Empowered Times USA

2016

Under the Tree

Picture Book

Dar Arwa Al Arabia SA

2015-2013

Tea Party with Caldarella 

(Short listed for the UAE 

Communcations Award 2015

Young Adult Novel

Dar Arwa Al Arabia SA

 

Even When

Children’s books

Mascot Books USA

 

The Generous Pigeon

Children’s Book

Kadi and Ramadi SA

 

O The Owl

Children’s Book

Go Bananas inc

2011-2012

Story of My Hands 

Go Bananas inc

 

How to Tame your Asthma

Jacob Anderson

  • SCBWI active member since 2011

  • Women in Animation member since 2016

  • Ground Zero Expo 2016

  • ASIFA Hollywood 2017

  • Bait Bohemia Jeddah Historical District Art Residency 2020

Fashion and
Surface Design

Books

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