Thanks Ghaith aka @astroaurts for taking part in our favorite black and white illustrators’ interview series!
Let’s start the questions!
What’s your process? Digital vs traditional?
My art is a combination of both. I draw traditionally with pen and paper then edit my drawings on my iPhone while adding a few digital elements/backgrounds. I use two apps for my digital editing, nothing fancy! Phonto for adding geometric shapes and blending layers and Magic Eraser to remove backgrounds.
How long does it take to create it?
My posts take between 2-3 hours to create. I try to keep my work with minimal details because I think it’s better to add the necessary lines while keeping the artwork pretty and not too cluttered with details, less is more!
Is it a hobby or your career?
Drawing is a hobby but I Do accept requests for commissions/custom work. My career is in building engineering/project management. People can DM me on Instagram for commissions requests. I hope to have prints to sell in 2020. I am looking to switch to digital art in 2020 which will make me more comfortable selling my art because one of the issues I have with pen and paper drawings is the artwork quality gets pixelated when translated to Instagram. The switch will be to iPad Pro.
Why do you draw?
To release stress. Drawing brings me peace! When I am drawing I feel like I am in my own world.
What inspires you?
Listening to music, seeing random images sometimes spark an idea for a new drawing concepts. When I have art blocks I like to listen to music to try to get back in my creative flow.
What is the biggest obstacle that you have faced?
Learning English! I moved to the US when I was 13 and I did not speak English at all. It was a big adjustment for me to learn the new language and adjust to the culture shock. I was in 8th grade and I was part of second language courses until 10th grade.
You have one day to live, how do you spend it?
Exploring a new place with my girlfriend and my puppy @pitapooch! These two bring me all the joy in the world and I can always count on them to put a smile on my face!
Ghaith’s puppy, Pitapooch.
The place where Ghaith usually draws, no studio, just a humble dining table, as he said, and a place where he spent a lot of time when he first met his girlfriend and where they got to know each other.