From the lyrics of Mental – Grand Corp Malade.
Only when the last tree has died,
— Cree Proverb.
If you wish to have this illustration on your desktop click on this link to download it in a desktop friendly format.
I already have it on mine:
20th of june is the World Refugee Day. and this is an illustrated calendar desktop for june 2011, that you can download by clicking on the picture above.
i always felt that drawing is a tool in my hands, even more like a gift, that i should be using for good causes. this project makes me somehow fulfill this sweet responsibility.
the following where my words when COSV asked me to explain about my drawing:
down there some details snapshots:
feedback is always appreciated. so tell me what you think about the illustration?
also something that i would like to ask your opinion about:
“one person has the power to change… but if we come together we can change the world.”
i am turning off my lights from 8h30 to 9h30 this saturday and lighting up a candle instead.
i am taking this small action because i care bout the earth and i am aware that climate change is the biggest threat to living beings, and that we should take action. and i am hoping for this action to become a daily habit and for more actions to come…
let me know if you are gonna take this small action as well. and what are you gonna do during this hour
i read something for Ken Robinson about the educational system that touched me and intrigued me, so i decided to draw and talk about it.
i used to be very bad at school..
now i know for sure about what i love, what i am passionate about, and even addicted to.
but why did take me so long to discover this?
here are some excerpts from Ken Robinson’s speeches/books:
“an awful lot of people go through education & never discover anything they’re good at at all. we’re all born with tremendous creative confidence and abilities.
young children are full of great ideas and possibilities.
but that tends to be suppressed as we get older. we’ve been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers.
we are educating people out of their creativity…
and it happens in part through this culture of standardised testing that I think is now a blight on the whole of education.
what and how young people are taught have to engage their energies, imaginations and their different ways of learning.”
for those who are as well intrigued by this subject, William recommends that we read:
i heard a lot about these books and read some excerpts. they for sure are some very insightful, inspiring, and even life changing books!
i am one of the actors performing in this play.
…something you will definitely enjoy!
for those who are asking who we are:
i did the designed the of the poster, as part of team .:there for design…
so much to share about this (experiences, videos, links, photos, photos, photos…).
P.S. reserve asap, because places are running out
don’t miss it!
if you already watched it, write your experiences in the comment.
lucca is very famous for its intact renaissance-era city walls… the old town remained intact as the city expanded and modernized.
starting to prepare from now… ;)
the brief of the competition was to give your point of view about ‘multicultural societies’.
• they have faster reflexes than humans; even faster than Michael Jordan’s
and what we just do is kill it!
“alert everyone! alert! please do not enter room! a cockroach is living inside with it’s wife and kids. please evacuate the building… ”
they never killed poeple or raped girls. so why this mission of eliminating all cockroaches
why not like just holding it and putting it outside. w khalas!
another article illustration for “موهبة” Mawhiba (Saudi magazine aiming to encourage young talented people); this time about Graham Bell.
Bell was obsessed with sounds from since he started reasoning. the article tells how he was trying once to hear the sound of the corn plant growing up…
some illustrations from the article:
i took a workshop with jorj abou mhaya (a great illustrator) where we focused on characters illustration (some history, tips and practice…). jorj is giving now a workshops on sketching & the drawing basics. if you are interested this is the links on facebook
i had some time this weekend to scan some of my sketches and share them with you.. enjoy!
i was one of the participants of the project: Beyroutes, A guide to Beirut. the result of the project is a book that was launched last saturday (6 march 2010).
Beyroutes, unlike any other guide to Beirut, presents a whole different way of touring in Beirut… a way that takes “the human infrastructure as a point of departure”. it offers a variety of subjective explorations of the city and it’s layers. it shows the “complexity of how one gets to know this city, its inhabitants, its buildings, and everyday life.”
i was one of many other illustrators, photographers, writers, artists… that were asked to explore a chosen region inside Beirut, to have a personal understanding of it, and express it in our way.
following is my contribution to this project. you can click on the image for a bigger view and better read
crops from the artworks:
this guide project and it’s preceding workshops were an initiative of the members of Studio Beirut, supported by Archis, Partizan Publik, and the Pearl Foundation.
here are some teasers of what you can find in this guide
this was a very small project for a friend Khajag Apelian who did his masters in type design. Khajak designed Arek -the type face that you can see in the pictures- as as a thesis for his masters. it’s an armenian typeface specifically designed for school books. for his type specimen book he chose two stories to illustrate:
“موهبة” Mawhiba is a Saudi organization aiming to encourage young talented people and helping them develop their talents.
above is the first option i presented to Mohtaraf (who was commissioned to redesign the magazine), but it turned out to be too childish, so i did the following:
what absorbed me the most in Edison’s life is the unconventional child that he was and his strange ideas. once his parents caught him sitting on swamp’s eggs… he was convinced to get baby swamps that he would’ve made
here are some pages of the article
i was part of the team who worked on Vitrine’s visual creation, and communication material. and i have to say the crew working on this play is amazing!
go and watch it, great minds, great expertise, great artists, are behind that performance!!
this is the poster, click on the image to see high-res image
some applications (flyer, bookmark, invitation card)
here’s the bookmark which was done before the poster on a very tight deadline
and the dusty window that i stole from a construction site near our studio
christmas is all about show off and over-consumption for me. this is not the message behind this painting although i called it “christmas painting”; actually no christmas messages are intended in it. but this is rather my solution for what i hate in christmas. i went with the movement saying: do your gifts instead of buying them. and here’s my present to my beautiful big sister.
by the way i just noticed the green + red colors of the painting… yes a complete coincidence
detail with the shadow of some cloth
painting + camera + lighting + photoshop wouhououou that’s the best!
in short the idea behind createseats is this: instead of buying those generic passe-par-tout gifts, casafekra aims to help create “thought-of” personal gifts that leave people feeling appreciated. read more on the blog post of casafekra: “the one with the personal secret…”
for this .:there for design… came up with the concept of “lamiss” the ashamed ostrich. “lamiss” was a perfect representation of the feeling people get when they give those lame gifts. that’s because when the ostrich puts it’s head in the ground, most people perceive it’s action as shame or fear.
bref, i did the illustration of the first draft visual of the idea (at that time we were still thinking that “lamiss” is a person)
and i then worked with team .:there for design… developing the visual.
and here’s the final result
the fun part was in the process! collecting tree leaves, dried fruits and flowers from a public garden next to our studio, cutting, gluing, photo-shooting, photo-retouching. again you can see it all on blog .:there for design…