This piece was requested after the ISU exhibit, where a gentleman asked for a graduation gift for the daughter of a Pakistani family that he was good friends with. As she really enjoyed wearing more traditional garments, I tried to make sure that this piece had many Pakistani characteristics, such as detailed garbs and bright colors.
After hearing about the many environmental disasters that were occuring in Brazil, and the overt apathy of the government in relation to them, I wanted to draw something that represented all of the deleterious effects our actions were bringing to nature. This period was quite a sad one, as Brazil lost the Doce River, one of our largest hydrographical basins to a mining accident, leaving the water completly poluted, people without jobs, no potable water, and the loss of hundreds of native species. More information
I've always found eyes to be very beautiful, and this piece was made with an eye-centric theme in mind. I tried bringing in some Pakistani themes into it as well, as they're known for having quite interesting features. With the idea that the eyes are the "windows to the soul", I attempted to make a piece that transmitted emotion, even if the model is almost fully covered.
Vitiligo is a condition where skin looses its pigmentation in blotches. There is a lot of prejudice against people with vitiligo, as many believe that it is contagious. When it is not. I wanted to make a piece that had vitiligo as a theme since it is a classic example of not fitting in society's standards of beauty. There is beauty in our differences and that is something that should be embrace. The design is Loosely based on Winnie Harlow.
Not my favorite piece, but I do enjoy its colors. Wanted to try for a more surrealistic approach, as I had the image of a baloon sailing through wave-like clouds in my head for a while.
Pirates have always been quite interesting literary characters, throw them in space with flying sting rays and you get quite the bang.
A bit more cartooney and not very detailed, but all in all still good fun. After watching the music video for Bang Bang, I couldn't help but not make a pop art inspired western piece.