February 28, 2011

Celebrating Kuwait's National + Liberation Day

Just a fun illustration I did celebrating Kuwait's National Day + Liberation Day (February 25 + 26)! This year commemorates the 50th year for National Day & 20 years since Kuwait's liberation from the Iraqi invasion. 
The girls' dresses are inspired by a dress I wore myself when I was around 5 years old.
I really miss being back home around this time. It would have been a real treat to be able to take a bunch of photos of the celebrations and the decorated city!
But I did find this awesome photo of Kuwait Towers + fireworks by Photographer Yousef Alsaleh! Enjoy!

Final illustration

Sketchbook page

Me in a Kindergarten performance (either 1994-1995). 
This dress is what inspired the above sketches + illustration!

February 21, 2011

Hand-setting type

Some photos of all the type I've been hand-setting lately. I am getting close to where I want to be (in proficiency) in letterpress. 
Weird thing is that for the past few weeks (after hand-setting type at the letterpress shop) I'd have nightmares of me hand-setting type. These nightmares are always of the measuring/ composing stick turning into wiggly rubber or breaking; making all the individual letters I've been setting to fall all over the place! Good thing those nightmares never turned into reality! 

February 11, 2011

Amelia's Magazine: Ghosts in love illustration

I've recently illustrated for Amelia's Magazine. 'Ghosts in love' illustration went along with Jessica Furseth article: 'The reluctant Valentiner'.
My illustration also made an appearance in Jessica Furseth's blog here!

Ghosts in love (solid color)

Ghosts in love (Transparent & ghostly!)

Ghosts in love (solid color + 2nd color scheme)

Ghosts in love (2nd color scheme + ghostly!)

February 10, 2011

Self-portraits January 21 - February 10

Ballad Of Magazine feature!

Check out 'Ballad Of Magazine', they have featured pages of my sketchbook! Read the post by Lindsey & Claire here

February 04, 2011

Amelia's Magazine: Emma Forrest illustration

Here's my latest illustration for Amelia's Magazine. Jessica Furseth wrote a review on Emma Forrest's new book "Your voice in my head"Read an excerpt hereThe challenge was to illustrate Emma without copying a photo from a google search and to present serious issues discussed in the book, like suicide and mental breakdown. I kept drawing Emma several times, until I was satisfied with the drawing below. I hope that my color choice presented the right mood for the book. I Kept Emma to the left corner and drew word bubbles overwhelming and surrounding her as symbols of voices and possibly ghosts?! 
As usual I had several options regarding the colors! This was fun and a very quick illustration. Everything was drawn in pencil, scanned, and colored digitally.