Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A Messy Maze

I'm no plumber. When I try, it turns out quite messy! However, in my day job as a photo retoucher, I've had to fix plenty of messes regarding photos. I've always wondered if a plumber ever found a mess of pipes. So I could only imagine this might illustrate such a dilemma.

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Ramadan Mubarak!

Ramadan is an important Islamic holiday that is about reviving a Muslim's spirit, self-discipline and fortification of ties between family and friends. This illustration is about a mother and daughter walking to a masjid (Muslim house of congregational prayer) to pray.

Historically, women have been a critical part of the masjid and Islam. Publications such as Azizah Magazine demonstrate the necessity of women in the forefront of Islamic thought and the cultures inspired by it.

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Mad Man

This image started out as a doodle of a humanoid science fiction character: Thick black eyes, strange folds in the skin, etc. Trying to think "like a buyer" I had a suspicion that it might sell better if it was more human- and business-related.

So I erased some parts and added others—especially his suit and tie! I then started to morph him into an angry "boss man" character inspired by the many prototypes in cartoons, comics and sitcoms I watched over the years.

I added some uncut hairs on his scalp to accentuate the chaos of his personality. The halo is probably over the top. It almost reminds me of a portrait of a passionate Hindu diety. I'm not too happy with the colors of his suit and tie. Nevertheless, I think it makes the point.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A New Sea Creature

Even though the Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico well has been capped, the consequences of the world's demand for cheap oil and petroleum products hasn't been capped. In fact it appears that we aren't in the least bit aware of how accidents like these will only continue unabated if conservation and long-term sustainable planning are not made a priority over consumption and economic growth.

So I was inspired to create this illustration. It seems we have created a new sea creature: The oil barrel. We mine oil. We package it. We abuse it. Whether in its crude form, refined as fuel or as a plastic bottle, we have littered the oceans with it. The creatures who make the ocean their home must now live with it.

Can we sympathize with them and reconsider the oil culture? Can we see deeply enough into their plight and see the effects it has on our health and societies? I will do all in my power to put this belief into practice. What about you?