Viewing Archive ~ February, 2012

So here we meet again at the beginning of another week. Meet Sherif Adel, the only dentist that I know that does comics. Actually, Sherif and myself go way back. I’ve known him since Junior High School and we’ve been friends ever since. Back then, we used to draw a series of comics together that included all our friends and some made-up characters and produce them on a semi-regular basis. I continued on to enter the field of Design after a flirting briefly with the Fine Arts, and Sherif, or Sheefo as he is known to friends, pursued a lengthy career in dentistry, all while still maintaining his love for the arts, which is what I admire about him so much. It’s a pleasure to share the talent of an old friend with everyone.


I: What’s the earliest memory of a creative activity you did?

S: I enjoyed doodling and drawing as early as I can remember. But If I had to pick a certain event, I remember having this project for my primary school class for which we were divided into groups and competed in quizzes. Our scores were written on a poster that was hanged on the classroom wall. I had to draw an icon for our group -which was called The Vampires- and I remember drawing Count Dracula strangling a victim, which my mother objected to and said was too violent, so I had to change it into the Count standing there surrounded by little bats. So you can say that’s my earliest memory of censorship as well.

I: If you weren’t doing what you do right now, what would you be doing?

S: Well, I’m currently doing two things that I’m equally passionate about; being a dentist and a cartoonist. I guess if I wouldn’t be doing that, I’d focus on either one exclusively. If I had to choose something else entirely, I’d be a veterinarian.

I: Inspiration, who? what? where?

S: I’ve always been inspired by comic books and video-games. Both, I have always been and still am obsessed with. With the big-break of the internet in the late Nineties, my inspiration source widened to include other artists from all over, through websites like Deviantart and such. My current internet muse is Tumblr.

I: Share any of piece your work, recent or old and talk about it.

S: This is a recent comic I did about the Egyptian revolution. I remember reading this tweet that said “I just want to know if there’s another boss after Tantawy (head of military board) or will it be game over.” and it made me think of Super Mario Bros. for NES -one of the very first games that I played- and the bit when you defeat the boss in each castle and instead of ending the game, you’re told “Thank you Mario, but our princess is in another castle”. And It made me think of how much that resembles when ex-president Mubarak was toppled, and everybody celebrated and went home thinking that it’s over, only to find out in a couple of months that it’s far from that. I think they call that an anticlimax in literature. On a side note, I enjoyed drawing Mubarak as Bowser so much.

I: Name 5 websites that you check often.

This monday is a special edition of obsession sessions for me, for in it I’m going to introduce to everyone the person who taught me all the basics in Design. Meet Samer Bahgat, General Manager and Creative force behind Pulpictures a boutique Advertising/Design Studio in Cairo. Samer gave me my first real job back in 2001. I remember walking through an exhibit for the latest computer technology fair one summer in Cairo, and came across his booth. I picked up the flyer and sent him an email expressing my desire to join his studio. I went for an interview later on and got the job. It was a hell of a commute everyday from Maadi, to Zamalek where I took Fine Arts, then after that to Pulp Pictures in Heliopolis. But it was truly all worth it, for it was at Pulp and through mentorship of Samer, that I learned all the passion associated with Design. Through observing the way he conducts business and appreciates and values & philosophy behind Design, I was motivated beyond belief to enter the field. Not only is Samer a talented Designer and Creative in general, he’s an illustrator with a unique style.


I: What’s the earliest memory of a creative activity you did?

S: Actually I can’t remember!! i used to draw a lot when i was a little kid specially at school i used to make fun of my friends and teachers by drawing them on the class board…but the first real thing i ever made was a logo for my mum’s company, I remember using windows painter back then:)

I: If you weren’t doing what you do right now, what would you be doing?

S: Maybe a fighter pilot.

I: Inspiration, who? what? where?

S: My father, he was just a great talent I still remember when i was a kid I used to stay up all the night watching him paint and I remember him telling me if u want to stay here with me don’t open ur mouth:)) I can imagine now how annoying to paint while someone staring at u all night:)

My Favorite creative era was the 60′s and 70′s very inspiring specially on the west part of the world when “go west” was everybody’s dream…actually i can stay hours and hours watching all kind of retro stuff from magazine covers, posters, fashion even furniture and never get bored.

I: Share any of piece your work, recent or old and talk about it.

S: A cover design for a special “Auf Deutsch” issue dedicated to the Egyptian revolution a subject that is very close to my heart.

I: Name 5 websites that you check often.

February 16th, 2012

Multiplayer x2 @ Gallery1988

Recently I participated in a Group Exhibit at Gallery 1988, titled Multiplayer X2. Here is a video from the opening night. The exhibit is ongoing till March 3rd, 2012. So if you’re in LA, go check it out.
Also, there are a few signed prints remaining of my Original Gamer Piece, you can get one here.

Late Monday night session, but still monday. This week, meet Stavros Kypraios, an art director and illustrator based in Athens, Greece. For the past 2 years he’s been working as a freelancer by the name faze. Recently he started Nevertheless design studio with Dimitris Deligiannis, a fellow designer, where they undertake projects that have to do with visual communication, whether in print, motion or web. I recently discovered his amazing talent via lookslikegooddesign.com


I: What’s the earliest memory of a creative activity you did?

D: When I was 7 I remember myself designing album covers and logotypes for imaginary bands. Of course, I wasn’t aware of graphic design and it’s applications but  I did it just for fun.

I: If you weren’t doing what you do right now, what would you be doing?

D: I’d be a farmer.

I: Inspiration, who? what? where?

D: Everything could be an inspiration. From a sign in the streets to a song I might hear and from a project online to a pattern on my girlfriend’s dress. When my mind is blocked I love to do or look at irrelevant stuff with the project I’m working on. When my mind gets empty, inspiration comes.

I: Share any of piece your work, recent or old and talk about it.

D: That’s one of my latest personal illustrations I did and named it hope. I’m so influenced by the incidents that’s been going on in my country lately cause of the economical crisis and I want to believe that even when things look harsh, there’s hope.

I: Name 5 websites that you check often.

This week, it’s my pleasure to introduce everyone to a really talented buddy of mine Dave Kang, a extremely motivated illustrator. I first met Dave in 2003 at the Ontario College of Art and Design, we worked on a couple projects together before going into separate streams. I went into a Design Major and Dave into illustration. Ever since then, Dave’s career has taken such inspiring paths. Working in the VideoGame industry, doing conceptual work for Lego and more.


I: What’s the earliest memory of a creative activity you did?

D: I was about three years old. I remember drawing dinosaurs for hours. My mom wanted me to go to bed before 10 and I had to play a little game of secret drawing every night. I thought I was fooling my parents for the longest time but years later I found out they knew all along. My dad always made sure there were tons of papers in my room. I was very fortunate.

I: If you weren’t doing what you do right now, what would you be doing?

D: Chef all the way!!

I: Inspiration, who? what? where?

D: Renaissance is my favourite period. I appreciate the master craft and disciplinary of that period. I believe in creative concept and constructive skill sets. I can gather creative concepts anywhere. Constructive skill sets however need hours of practice and self battle. And for that reason, I choose artists of Renaissance period. Also I must mention Brom as my personal hero of all time.

I: Share any of piece your work, recent or old and talk about it.

D: Here is a key visual art I did for an online game back in 2009. The biggest challenge for a concept artists to capture the accurate look of the game while keeping things interesting and artistically pleasing. You don’t fight for your philosophy of art nor that you can say I only draw realistic faces. You must deliver the exact version of art that’s needed for the project. If you aren’t ready for doing twenty revisions for single painting, being a concept artist probably won’t be your dish.

I: Name 5 websites that you check often.



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