the supreme council for motherhood & childhood

mother & child . 2015

here's a quick post of a quick illustration i worked on for a quick project!
i was approached by the supreme council for motherhood & childhood to create an illustration for collateral they wanted to distribute during a career fair. i came up with the illustration above which was inspired by paintings of the madonna & child. the illustration did make its way onto mugs which were given out to guests that visited their space at the fair.
i'm really glad i got to work on this short but sweet assignment. i do hope this project opens opportunities to work with the council again in the near future.
lastly, i dedicate this post to all the mothers out there. the first day of spring (march 21) marks mothers day in the arab world. so a belated mothers day to all. us children might not show it all the time, but we love you dearly on the inside always...


afrobeats postcards

azonto . 2015

kukere . 2015

skelewu . 2015

apart from launching an illustration zine (see previous post), another project i worked on during march's crazy art season was the rca secret dubai postcard exhibition. artists were asked to submit original postcard sized artworks which were showcased at this year's art dubai and were up for sale for aed 500 each. what's fun about this project is that no one know's the identity of the artist of the postcard purchased, until they buy it and their name is revealed on the back of the card. so the showcase is compiled of a variety of artists in different levels and stages in their careers.
on the last day of art dubai, the exhibition was opened to buyers to register and purchase their favorite postcards, and the artist names were announced. i was happy to find out that two of my three submitted postcards were sold. not sure if the third got sold in the end, but i do hope it finds a happy home wherever it is.
for the exhibition, i decided to theme my postcards on famous dance moves from one of my favorite music genres, afrobeats/dancehall – azonto, kukere & skelewu. the illustrations were carbon print drawings onto the plain postcards.


fade away & illustrate

fade away & illustrate launch invitation . 2015

after hosting a series of zine workshops over the last couple of years, i've been inspired to publish a self-initiated illustration zine titled 'fade away & illustrate'. it was a challenging process, but i'm glad to say that the zines are finally fresh off the press and ready to be shared to the world.
'fade away & illustrate' is an attempt at gathering some of the best illustrators around town and sharing their work to the masses. each issue, a group of illustrators are asked to respond to a theme, the first issue being 'introductions'. and what better way then to introduce these talented artists but through their awesome drawings.
there will be an official zine launch, hosted by the lovely organizers of the design house, during sikka art fair. make sure to come on thursday, 19 march 2015 to house no. 28 at al fahidi historical neighbourhood, from 7.30 pm onwards to get your copy of the zine and meet some of the awesome illustrators included in the zine. zines will be on sale at the launch, and during the duration of the fair (14-24 march) for aed 30.
a few thanks are in order – firstly, to all the contributors; issue one wouldn't have been possible without you. also, a big thanks goes to kamal and the magazine shop, for generously hosting me in their space to offer workshops, and their support towards the zine. lastly, a big thank you to the design house, for taking me back this year as a minor contributor, and hosting the launch. special thanks goes to tulip; for being my eyes when i carelessly don't pay attention to minor details.

look forward to seeing you all at the launch.

ps – the title 'fade away & illustrate' is inspired by blondie (one of my favorite bands in existence) and their song 'fade away & radiate'. have a listen when you have the chance...