July 12th, 2013

Kalimat Magazine

The new issue of Kalimat Magazine is out. I illustrated the cover for the mag, in addition to designing an info graphic.

April 3rd, 2013

The Daily Post Project

My good friend and talented Vancouver based Graphic Designer Ross Charles -whom I previously interviewed before here- has started this cool daily series. The Daily Post Project is a (daily) graphic interpretation of The New York Times Opinion page headline. It is also a platform for graphic designers to produce something original and creative every day, without the constraints of clients, briefs or budgets. It is completely subjective with the only real constraint being time. He also occasionally invites guest designers to contribute. This week I’m that guest! check it out.

One of the greatest action films of all time, The Dark Knight. It was bound to appear on my radar when it came to my next movie poster project. And after weeks of work, I’m finally proud to share my latest creation. I’ve struggled a lot with this one. From the get go, the concept of Batman -one of the greatest heroes in modern history- has alluded me. How can I portray this tormented vigilante, show his struggle to enforce his own vision for justice. I watched and re-watched the film dozens of times, pausing, rewinding, fast-forwarding and stopping the film. I read and re-read the Frank Miller comics -which I believe really represents the truest form of Batman. And finally, I came up with that “Eureka” moment.

This will be a limited edition 18×24 inch print series, printed on high quality Giclée Strathmore #100 Bond printing paper. The prints will be limited to an edition of 50 only, obtain yours here.

Update: Happy April Fools!

February 27th, 2013

Geek-Art Manga Tribute show.

Some of my artwork will be showcased at the Geek-Art, Manga Tribute Art Show which will be held at the Palais des Expositions Brussels, Belgium. 

The exhibit will be on display from March 8-10

Monday’s are back, meet Macedonian mixed media artist Marko Manev. Marko currently is working as a freelance illustrator and designer while dabbling in some comics every now and then. I came across his artwork recently after seeing his Superhero Noir posters showcased on the web. I was immediately inspired and wanted to know more about this artist.

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

M: If legos count then that would be when I was 2 or 3 years old. I loved legos! I was an introvert kid that played with legos and watched Star Wars all day long! I never touched crayons or pencils until I was 7 and started drawing panels from the belgian comic Lucky Luke. I guess I never stopped drawing since.

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

M: Film director! I’m hoping that one day I might do that.

I: Inspiration, who? what? where?

M:  Tough question! So many artists, movies, film directors, bands, games! Ok I’ll try to pick 10 in no particular order cause the list will go on forever: Brian Wood, Jock, Banksy, Stanley Kubrick, Sergio Leone, Kazimir Malevich, Alien, Lord of the Rings, Rammstein, Metal Gear Solid. This are just part of the things that ignite my creative spark.

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

M: This is a piece form my recent Noir series that I’m really proud of. Inspired by the Man of Steel trailer, I wanted it to be a powerful and very subtle representation of the character. What’s interesting about this piece is when I was working on it, I thought more of Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier with his X-1, than of Superman.

I: Name 5 websites that you check often.

geek tyrant
comics alliance

Hi, I'm Ibraheem Youssef
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