Muslim Women's Day


Broadly VICE magazine commissioned me to illustrate and write a piece for #muslimwomensday. I chose to highlight Samira Khanji’, a true role model for Muslim women because of her progressive values towards Islam. She has successfully challenged the preconceptions of the religion and it’s patriarchal culture. She is the CEO of Noor Cultural Centre in Toronto,a place that welcomes people of different backgrounds and faith, a place where men and women pray side by side. Noor was founded by Ms. Khanji's late father to be a non-sectarian, gender-equal place of Islamic worship, as well as a centre for learning about Islam and Muslim societies for Muslims and non-Muslims alike.  An important area of interest for us is the application of Islamic ethical concepts to current contexts, which include capitalist economics, patriarchy and racisms,  militarism, factory farming, and destruction of environment.…/arti…/43bxa3/muslim-artists-women

Samira Khanji.jpg

Fashion Illustrations of globals looks

 My agents at Wild Apple Licensing assigned me to do these fashion illustrations of 4 different cultures. An Indian, Japanese, Chinese and an African woman. The goal is to see that they translate into home decor items namely wall art, stationery, table top and textiles. A fair amount of research went into the project. I made sure that the colors and patterns echoed the countries of origin. I love global culture, so this project was just perfect!

Embellishing and decorating surfaces is what i love to do, so I was in heaven. I created these pieces of art in watercolor and goauche. Adding a bit of gouache gives the watercolor medium a bit more punch so that it looks vibrant and rich, but there is a fine balance because I don’t want to loose the translucent quality of watercolor either. The illustrations are fine and whimsy, my signature look! They are all  on white backgrounds so that they just pop!


100 Day Project 2017

I chose this as a theme because I love tiles and have painted directly on them. My work, especially when I work in watercolour and Inks have a "tile feel". My love for different culture and travel lends itself well for this subject matter. So far I have covered The Middle East, Asia, Mexico, Netherlands and the UK. Much of the patterns are inspired from the places and regions above done in my own style and feel. Here are some of my favorite pieces.

watercolour blue tile painting drawing artwork Farida Zaman

Rise Design and Shine

10 Weeks of Portfolio development with Folio Focus. The content has been very good, enjoying it immensely with no huge pressure. Great way to create some collections for Art licensing. Monday we start a new topic and by Friday ideally it's ready to put up on Flickr. The facebook group is really a great support system, we talk, share, and are generally like minded. #risedesignand shine

Oh Canada!

I illustrated "Canada" In honour of it's 150th anniversary coming up in 2017! It took me a good few weeks to put it together and feel like it was done! A lot of research went into it and  i feel the palette I chose works well with the energy and flow of the piece echoing the richness  of the the natural beauty we are surrounded by! We are so lucky to be part of this tolerant, peace loving country!

Latest News!!

I have just signed a licensing deal with Andrews + Blaine LTD, a private label and wholesale gift company serving large retail chains in North America for 3 city illustrations of London, Paris and New York. They are slated to be launched in 2017 for Barnes and Nobles across the country.

Many of my city illustrations have been seen on Posters for Transport systems namely Toronto Transit Commission, stationary, Journal covers and tote bags. I also am a contributor for


Some my Fav illustrations for the 100 Day Challenge

Strawberry infused water
Bathing suit

100 Day Project Part 3

This is what I was up to last week. I tried to stick to a theme of household objects like kettle, furniture and textiles. I intentionally worked with a limited palette on some of them.

100 day project- Part 2

Some new pieces from my #100daychallenge #ellenuna, weeks 3 and 4.

A bowl of cherries

Some pieces from the first 2 weeks of the 100 day challenge

Lilla Roger's Boot camp assignment # 2

This was an interesting project. Definitely out of my comfort zone. However my children's book style sprung to my rescue giving the project a fun whimsical look. 

Lilla Roger's Boot Camp 2016

This was our first of the 5 assignments for Boot camp 2106. Creating a coloring / colouring book based on 1920's fashion.

Fritzi flock

A great new group has been set up by Johanna Fritz called Fritziflock, an illustration group with lots of tips and advice, workshops etc, every week Johanna comes up with a bird related topic to illustrate called Fritzifriday. A great excuse to paint a bird a week. Here are some of mine. The link is here link here .

Some new blue and white...

Thanks to the August Wren's #12monthsofpaint i got into painting Blue and White images. I really enjoyed doing them.


Children's Illustrations for TFO













One of my New Year resolutions is to update my blog more frequently. I find it seamlessly easy to do so on Instagram or Facebook but tend to falter when it comes to updating this particular form of social media. I have got to change that this year! I guess when one thinks of blogging you automatically feel compelled to write pages and pages of whatever the banter is about. However I have art to share and talk about, so it should be typically some text and a whole lot of visuals. These spot illustrations were done for Toronto French Television for a computer ap for early readers. There is a possibility of turning these into short picture books too. The client gave me a fair amount of artistic license with some direction in terms of reference of children's clothing and colour. All in all it was a fun project to have worked on.

Something New!

 #12 Months of Paint

#12 Months of Paint

My Toronto For TTC- Toronto Transit Commission



This was an awesome project, where I got to use my forte in collage, colour and design to the max! My series of noteworthy cities of the world is what garnered this fabulous job for me. Researching iconic sights of TO and putting my personal style was an illustrators dream come true. My client was super supportive and loved what I did! Now Toronto commuters get to see it, starting in early January in the trains and as the cover of the "Ride Guide". The posters makes a great wall art- available from your's truly or the TTC shop!