Riyaaz opens up a world of professional illustration and children’s literature in Indian languages.

A picture book is a small door to the enormous world of the visual arts, and they're often the first art a young person sees.

Tomie dePaola

Become a children’s book illustrator.


The children’s literature market is growing at 20-25% annually. To generate great content, both in terms of stories and illustrations, capacity building of authors and illustrators is required. The idea behind Riyaaz Academy is to train young students to illustrate from a child’s point of view, keeping in mind children’s developmental milestones, and being sensitive to the fact that children in India today are growing up in a multilingual and multicultural world. Riyaaz illustrators will be trained to bring in humour in their work because children enjoy that the most. At the same time they will address social biases, champion values of sustainable development, equality of gender, caste and religion and break stereotypes.

Create. Imagine. Colour. Sketch.


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