Update: Project Gilgamesh | New: Persephone and Zephyrus

The King, The Scribe, and the Archer I have updated my Epic of Gilgamesh page with more recent sketches. However, if you find my sketches to be lacking in colour and excitement, you might consider checking out the newest addition to my portfolio; Persephone and Zephyrus will redirect you to the appropriate page! Persephone and Zephyrus  

An Homage to Yugoslavia

I created this advocacy poster to honour Serbian Statehood Day, which occurred on February 15th and 16th. Actually, what triggered me to start sketching was last week's tragedy in Libya, which involved two Serbian embassy employees whom were abducted by ISIL last Fall, and then killed in a U.S. air strike. Since I have no knowledge of Serbian, I wrote... Continue Reading →

Sheikh Maat! (Check Mate!)

This episode ties directly to my previous one (The OttoMON-STER Upstairs), and shows events that happen in Yitzhak and Daliah's apartment that are simultaneous to the events in Heidar's apartment. Here we are introduced to three new characters—Itzhak the Israelite, Daliah the Palestinian, and the third being Kurosh (Cyrus) the Persian. My personal views on... Continue Reading →

(from) Akkadian syllabary | (to) Hebrew symbolism — part II

As promised, our voyage into this subject is far from over! This post is a continuation of a previous post I wrote over the summer. Consider reading Part I before you proceed with my blatherings below. I recently found a credible resource that contains a cohesive list of Sumerian pictograms. It lists [figure 3a.] under E2 (scroll down to the letter 'E'; "E2" is the third entry). In... Continue Reading →

The OttoMON-STER Upstairs II

 … The second to last frame marks the end of long-held antagonism between Kuli and Sarg. Kuli recognises Sarg as a fellow "roomie", which is a step towards progress since it affirms that Sargon does indeed rightfully live within the bounds of Heidar's apartment (i.e., Iraq/Mesopotamia). Much like Iraq and Syria have seen a sharp... Continue Reading →

Happy (Hopefully) New Year!

Happy Holidays and New Year, everyone. It's been a while. This year, let's make this world a bit of a better place, amidst the escalating chaos, starting with making one stranger smile today! Well, folks…this weekend marks the moment where I leave my qualms of corporate retail behind me. At last, there shall be the spare time to publish my long... Continue Reading →

“Sapari (Tema Temima)”

See the complete version (+ audio) of Sa'adiah ben Amram's poem in the Piyyut database. Long ago, I remember trying to get in touch with Yemenite musical heritage, during which an acquaintance mentioned Sa'adia ben Amram to me. Information was sparse on this 17th century poet from the highlands of northern Yemen (normally, I'd use Jstor for this type of search, but my... Continue Reading →

“Samaya”

This illustration is directly inspired by a very enchanting performance by Sukhishvili (Georgian National Ballet), called "Samaiya". You can read details on their English website over here, and definitely check out their other excellent performances! This is my 2nd draft — I plan to create final one on canvas with gouache using this exact colour scheme (and... Continue Reading →

Yemen.

I illustrated this 3-piece poster in the first week of April 2015, mainly to promote the diversity of Yemen. When the 3 pieces are combined, it creates the full 6" by 15" scene. At that point in time, Yemen had faced two weeks of non-stop bombing and airstrikes from saudi arabia. It is now early September,... Continue Reading →

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