Portrait Illustrations by Farida Zaman

This March instagram challenge “ Portrait Challenge 2019” created by August Wren and Ohn Mar Win was hands down my favourite challenge so far! I discovered painted faces, famous faces really interested me, certainly something I looked forward to daily. It gave me more confidence in my work and and forced me to do something that I didn’t do very often and didn’t feel comfortable doing. Looking forward more of this going forward. Most of these images were created in watercolour, gouache and very slightly enhanced on photoshop. Frida Kahlo was the only one I did in acrylics and it took much longer . Since I was under the constraint of doing one a day, some of them were a bit rushed I have to admit. But I think that was a good thing, because I didn’t have the time to agonize over them-I just did and hoped for the best!

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai

Anna Wintour

Anna Wintour

Eva Chen

Eva Chen

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II

Jacinda Arden

Jacinda Arden

Jackie Kennedy

Jackie Kennedy

JK Rowling

JK Rowling

Lily Singh

Lily Singh

Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono

Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter

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.   
https://broadly.vice.com/…/arti…/43bxa3/muslim-artists-women

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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!

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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
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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 http://www.puzzlewarehouse.com/andrew-blaine/ 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 http://www.theydrawandtravel.com/

Paris

100 Day Project Part 3 #100dayproject

This week's theme was Women and Style. I love fashion and color and really enjoyed creating these very feminine images. I would love to get in to fashion illustration too!