The amazing talent of Arab creatives was put on display at the 3rd Behance Portfolio Reviews at the Al Turki Business Park Tower in Khobar last Thursday, May 23rd.
Sponsored by Zee Design Studio’s and Organized by Lama Al Aswad from Grey Art Platform, the Behance Portfolio Reviews revealed the work of 20 artists and 9 presenters who came together in the best way to get acquainted with their local creative community in hopes to connect with their peers, receive constructive criticism and seek career opportunities.
Through the hustle and bustle of the event that took place on the 1st floor of the Al Turki Business Park tower, visitors ooh-ed and aah-ed over the spectacular work of the participants. Art in all it’s mediums, including digital art, sketch art, animation, comic book art, and photography, gathered in the same spot.
Aisha Al Arfaj, displayed her hand drawn pencil and charcoal artwork which exposed a strong connection to her own interpretation of Arab women. “Art is a way to release the tensions of everyday life,” she explained.
“I sometimes consider my art as a way of breathing.”
Quirkiness was the theme for the work of artist Maryam AlAmodi who’s stand popped out at visitors as soon as they walked in. Maryam, expressed that she is born to be an artist whose style in art gravitates towards the Japanese manga style art and cartoons.
The remarkable work of cartoonist Tarek Assi was simply jaw dropping with its incredible attention to detail in his satirical portraits of recognized Arab icons. Anyone who would look at his work could see the clear resemblance to his or her character.
No medium is off limits for photographer, graphic designer, journalist and video editor, Abdullah Raslan. “I refuse to contain myself under one umbrella,” stated Abdullah.
“I am constantly studying different techniques to set me apart from the masses.”
After picking up a paintbrush at the age of 9, Mona Kurdi’s interests and love for art has flourished and expanded to acrylic, and mixed media. She draws inspiration from the black and white Arabic movies as well as Arabic calligraphy. Mona creates her own rendition of Arabic pop art using mixed media and digital art, then prints them on different materials such as pressed Styrofoam and fiberglass or plastic furniture.
Abdullah Musazay, the self proclaimed “visualizer,” and architect, showcased and later presented his comic book illustrations. “I was encouraged by a friend of mine to participate in the event and have gotten nothing but amazing feedback so far,” said Abdullah. He later presented a video of the entire process of creating a comic book layout from a white page to a final inked creation.
Behance is a leading online platform that showcases and discovers work by creatives world wide. Companies can access the work and see the talent on a global scale, providing countless opportunities for artists globally. The portfolio reviews are a global phenomena that take place in over 300 countries organized by the members for the members. Click here to visit the Behance website to find a portfolio review near you!
Behance Portfolio Review Khobar is sponsored by Zee Design Studio’s.
WORDS: BADRIYA AL MAHMEED
IMAGES: OMAR AL SADAT