I am planning to make a post about ginger head Armenians
Alvard Arzoumanian, illustrator of children books. She is born in Beirut, Lebanon where she has lived most of her life. She worked a short time for an irrigation company in Dubai (United Arab Emirates), an experience which made her realize that she was in the wrong profession. Her plans to make a definitive change materialized when she met her husband, Sevag, with whom she later moved to the United States. There, she attended the Massachusetts College of Art.
Bold colors, playful patterns and iconic figures characterize her art, influenced by Armenian, Persian and Indian manuscript illuminations. The first children’s book she illustrated, “Tunjur! Tunjur! Tunjur! A Palestinian Folktale” retold by Margaret Read MacDonald (Marshall Cavendish Children) received an ALA 2007 Notable Book Award. She has also illustrated “So Many Houses” written by Hester Bass (Scholastic Library Publishing). Recently she illustrated “Grateful Animals” by Sona Zeitlian; a bilingual folktale book dealing with Armenian traditions and values in a multicultural society. She has designed the animal and human characters with a keen artistic sense, blending them cleverly with the story, thus enhancing the whole concept of the book. Her bright and dark color combinations reveal the intricacies of the fast-paced events in a folktale. Her precision and attention to details have generated a unique artistic output.