Mithila Shafiq . From Einstein to Alice
Mithila Shafiq is a qualified Scientist who in 2005 decided life in the lab just wasn’t her thing.
Instead she invested her time and talents into becoming an Illustrator, she graduated from Bristol last
year and has a wonderful array of beautiful work and bubbly characters that she has already created.
Her ‘nod’ to her scientific roots were to redesign one of her favourite set of children’s books –
the Uncle Albert series, by Russel Stannard. Uncle Albert (Einstein) teaches his niece Gedanken
all about the wonders of the universe, what a fab idea.
Mithila takes on another such classic as Alice In Wonderland and plays with her own creative ideas
about the grass being greener on the other side, fish wanting to fly and birds hoping to dive, and her
lovely little dancing girl who mixes with all kinds of animals. I love the fact that she puts sketches
on her blog so we can see how much hard work goes on behind the scenes.
Some ideas about fishermen and the sea.
Some beautiful pieces from a polish children’s book Mithi has worked on. I love the colours and varied
Finally I think you can see Mithi’s bubbly personality coming through in these fun pieces. The one of
the Queen on a bicycle with her Corgi on the front, promoting London Cycle Hire, really made me smile.
More beautiful work by this illustrator on her site here. All images are copyright of © Mithila Shafiq