I am Obaid ur Rahman, a student of Architecture, a 3d /Anamorphic Chalk Artist and a muralist based in Karachi, Pakistan. I have been involved with arts for as long as I can remember, but to tell you the truth my roof top made me an artist, during the break from art school in 2014 I started drawing murals with coal on the walls of my building’s roof, drawing random compositions, copying works of graffiti artists and drawing portraits of a friend and it is during this time I accidently drew a crack in the ground and later went on to find out that the kind of art form is called 3d /Anamorphic art. I went on to study anamorphism by reading books and articles online on the topic and later I had help from a renowned 3d Street artist, Tracy Lee Stum. Tracy since then has served as a mentor and helped me almost on all stages of my journey into 3d /Anamorphic art so far and for which I am ever grateful.
I kept on following my curiosity and challenged myself to try and experiment with different kinds of compositions ranging from simple cartoon characters to pool drawings to much complex compositions with more than one object in a single drawing and by grace of Allah I have been successful to some extent. I switched from coal to chalk pastel and pavements became my canvas.
In December 2014, I had an opportunity to create my first and probably Pakistan’s first 3D Chalk Drawing in Public when Dolmen City Mall, Karachi allowed me to install and create a drawing in their premises. The drawing was very well received by the public and it motivated me to carry on with my passion that I have developed for 3d /Anamorphic Art. I have since then created artworks for public events like Youth Art & Literary Exhibition, I AM KARACHI Day and I also became the first artist from Pakistan whose work got featured on Global Street Art.
I cannot thank my parents enough for being extremely supportive throughout and all my friends and family, who have always supported me, shared my works and encouraged me to carry on.
My journey continues and now I am experimenting with different styles, scale and mediums in search of a style that I can call my own. I hope to take my art to other cities as well and introduce 3d pavement art here in Pakistan as a proper art form.
There are a few really exciting projects coming up ranging from residential to commercial to some public projects. I am also planning to travel around Pakistan and take my art to different cities engaging with different people and contexts, so for now people of Lahore and Islamabad should watch out for some really cool and interesting 3d /Anamorphic artworks in coming months as you may find me chalking on a street near you.
Game About Pakistani Politics by Nashra
The game is Paltering Politicians. Role play as one of Pakistan’s paltering politicians and face several moral dilemmas along the way. Are you going to take the typical route and be one of the many political puppets or are you going to defend yourself and be the hero that the country needs?
Along the way, you can choose to rig the elections, but beware, the lie detector may catch you and give you a nasty shock.
The game ends when one player proves himself to be either the saviour of Pakistan or the reason for its demise.
“Paltering Politicians is a game based on outrageous incidents in Pakistani politics.Our politicians do so many unbelievable things that make the news, however, every time something new happens, the old stories are forgotten. I created this game to eternalize all these incidents, so people can constantly be reminded of their actions.” said Nashra, while talking to Times of Youth.
Paltering Politicians is designed by Nashra Balagamwala
Nashra – A Pakistani experiential designer who is currently based in New York. She studied game design at Rhode Island School of Design. Nashra has also worked with companies such as Hasbro the company that developed games such as Monopoly and Jenga. Describing herself as a lighthearted person her goal in life is to always try to make everything humorous.
She left her homeland and moved to the US 5 years ago. Her goal is to have a chance to pursue her dream of being a designer, and through her work she wants to empower other women to stand up for their own rights.
Nashra’s work transforms controversial and sensitive topics into humorous games, designs and illustrations. Her love for colour and attention to detail is also prominent in most of her illustrations.
You can find more of Nashra’s work here: https://www.nashra.co
Vlado Vesselinov | Artwork
I’m just an artist who loves bright horizons and color spots. For his work draws inspiration from one of my very clean and highly energy period full of hope and color, and these are the fifties and sixties of the last century. I try to crashing this colorful touch in today’s gray and material life.
I currently finished the transformation of a bar in Sofia, Bulgaria – and now his breath before the next project. I could barely detect the silhouette of the next project in the distance, but to let him surprise. my message to today’s youth: “you must be the wind blowing the answer – not those who are waiting for answers blowing in the wind”
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Simone Conti | Artwork
I am a 22 year old guy and I’ve always lived in Padua, an Italian city near Venice. I never undertook art studies, I’ve studied in Scientific high school and after I had to choose who I wanted to be, so I tried the test of entry to the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, after being admitted, I decided to take the road of design, without leaving my passion for drawing that I had since I was a child. In June 2014, however, I could not wait any longer and decided to paint and since then I have not stopped. In my work, I try to improve the quality of life around me, making the other person happier with my paintings. In fact, before I finish the paintings I ask the subject to finish the work with one final brush stroke made by her/him. In my work I use mainly primary colors, for everyone, because we are all equal, then I wonder what color is the soul of who I paint, and there the people are extremely precise (for example, they not just say green, but say green forest, green leaf etc.), so in the final brush stroke they use them, because if the portrait is beautiful, its thankfully due to the subject, to the person him/herself. In fact, if the people wouldn’t exist all this beauty wouldn’t be around us.