Roshi Rouzbehani is an Iranian freelance illustrator based in London

Roshi Rouzbehani is an Iranian freelance illustrator based in London. She graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a BA (Hons) in Illustration. She loves to create editorial and portrait illustrations and mostly enjoys illustrating conceptual illustrations about women, social and mental health issues. Hope you very much enjoy learning more about her/ her work, as in fact we did below….

When did you start illustrating?

I enjoyed doodling, drawing and painting for as long as I remember! But, I started illustrating professionally while I was studying for my BA.  

Who has been the most supportive in your illustration career, perhaps your teacher, family, friends?

My husband. I’m so lucky to have someone by my side who supports whatever I do!

Did you always think art was something that was going to be a major part of your life?

Actually, no! I was always passionate about visual arts but never thought about it as a career. I remember when I was about 10, I created my version of The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss with my translation and illustrations, which I believe it is still stored somewhere at my parent’s house but I was not in a creative career before my migration. In fact, I studied business management BSc and completed my masters in IT management before my husband and I moved to the UK.

Considering language and cultural barriers, it was after the migration that I started to look for a way to express myself so everyone could understand me. Since then I am constantly developing my visual language through collage making, jewellery making and mainly illustration.

What is your favourite subject matter to illustrate?

I love to create illustrations about issues affecting women, like women’s empowerment, sisterhood and gender equality. I also enjoy illustrating mental health issues and of course portraits.

How would you describe your style?

Colourful, flat, digital illustrations that are often full of emotions.  

What is your favourite collaboration to date?

I created an illustration, “Sisterhood as a Blanket”, for a fundraising event back in 2019 that is still my favourite project. The event was a part of an awareness campaign for victims of domestic violence and sexual assaults and I created this illustration to show the power of sisterhood in healing and empowering.

What interested you about being represented by Illo Agency?

The diversity of the artists who are represented by Illo Agency. Also, some of the illustrators who I adore their works are represented by Illo and it feels nice to be working along with them!

Do you have a favourite author, film director, or designer?

I’ve got many! William Morris, Woody Allen, Sylvia Plath, Malika Favre, …

Are you working on any personal projects you can share with us?

Currently, I’m working on a collaborative project that I’m really excited about. I’m inviting all Iranian migrant women to share the story of their physical keepsakes with me -- those treasured objects they were so emotionally attached to that couldn’t leave behind when they migrated. The final product of this project will be a book of these stories illustrated and hopefully will be interesting for everyone to learn about these emotional experiences.

Do you listen to podcasts? If so, do you have a favourite?

I do, occasionally. My favourite creative ones are Creative Pep Talk and the Creative Boom podcast.

If you have any questions, or a specific project in mind, please do get in touch: [email protected]
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