As an illustrator/graphic designer, I find the best gifts are the ones you make by hand. Before leaving my homeland, I wanted to give something memorable to the people closest to me, and decided on making illustrated notebooks for them to record their writing and doodles in. Each cover reflects their personalities: there’s the newly-wed off to a new city, the neo-goth, the comic book nerd, the one obsessed with her bulldog, the girly-girl, and the science geek, to name a few. This project has become one of my absolute favorites because of the wonderful people who inspired it.
Ali Murtaza is a young Pakistani designer who has combined his love for technology, detailed illustrations, and optical illusions into a project that is both remarkable in its execution and insightful in its thought process. Standing in his room of illusion seems both fun and confusing.
As an illustrator and graphic designer, I find that whether it’s through their art or music, there are some personalities that simply change the way you look at the world. In an attempt to pay homage to their talent, I’m working on a series of illustrations featuring the likes of David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali. My work tries to capture the essence of their work, and at times imagines what they’d do in our current technology-savvy age. Warhol on Facebook? But, of course.
What’s not to love about a kitschy t-shirt company that gives part of its profits to fund sustainable projects in Pakistan? Uth Oye! (literally meaning ‘Get Up!’ in the local vernacular) sells its sassy pop culture designs to a young audience eager to see their philanthropic efforts.
Ryan Andrews combines his wonderful illustrations with touching storylines to create web-comics that make a person feel they have experienced something magical. His monochrome ink illustrations are incredibly well-thought out, and he’s kind enough to show us his process work as well. Score!