Sunday, November 20, 2011

Kepi Cat

Finally finished painting Cats Wearing Hats study #3. Introducing a very dapper Russian Blue in a golden bird embroidered kepi...
Kepi Cat

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Cats Who Wear Hats

Having been sans Moosh (my cat) the last year, has left me itching for a new pet. I try to remedy this by drawing cats, as I know, now is not the time to adopt a new cat (even though it would be great to have a model for these paintings).  Below are a couple of my new water colours, distinguished kittens wearing some highly fashionable hats.

Long Haired Top Hat
A feather, a bird, and a very proper top hat.

Ginger Tabby Fez
A bow tie and a fez, a kittens best friend.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Have my prayers been answered?

As an illustrator and graphic designer, I sometimes find myself quite frustrated when trying to translate my sketches to digital comps. That's why today I was extatic to see Wacom's launch of the Inkling. A pressure sensitive pen which you can pair with any sketch pad to create/transfer hand sketches into vector art.

I was expecting the price of the Inkling to be astronomical only to find out that it will be running for $199USD! What a steal, I can't wait for it's mid September launch.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Food from the Orient Poster

I rarely put up any of my design work on the blog, but this poster had two things which I really enjoyed working on: food and hand crafted type. I tried to tie in some of the main ingredients in Yemenite and Indian cuisine to create an ingredient font.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


While browsing, I came across the work of The Etch-A-Sketchist. An artist who solely works the etch a sketch knobs. Makes me want to go out and buy one, as I would love to see some Etch-A-Type work done :)

Bob Ross
Bob Ross!

Bob Dylan

Chewbacca and Han Solo
Chewy & Han Solo

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Chalk It Up

I always marvel at chalk board signs at cute cafés and restaurants, and wonder who has hand writing so controlled that they can draw beautiful type with probably the yuckiest feeling substance in your hand (chalk is too dry for hands).

Yesterday while browsing various illustration and design blogs, I came across these gems.  Dana Tanamachi, a Brooklyn based designer and chalk artist created these lovely type illustrations for Nagging Doubt Viognier in B.C., Canada. Her process was made in to several time-lapse videos, which you can watch below...

Nagging Doubt Viognier from Dana Tanamachi on Vimeo.

Nagging Doubt "The Pull" from Dana Tanamachi on Vimeo.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Cà Phê for All

So excited today to see my Vietnamese milk coffee recipe posted on Recipe Look. Check it out!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Art for Your Feet

Last week I was fortunate enough to participate in the State of Design festival's Art for Your Feet event. Obüs who sponsored the day in their CBD boutique supplied Melissa Fontessa shoes to each participant, along with a wide array of fabric samples, scissors, sharpies and even googly eyes to customize the shoes.

The store was packed with 20 participants churning out some truly awesome designs. Below are some photos from the event; big thanks to Obüs for providing such a creative environment and letting a girl without a reservation participate.

Now I'm off to go pick up my customized Melissa's and maybe buy a pair of fuchsia socks at their store :)

Looking in to Obüs
Obüs store front designed by Shayli Harrison

Working hard, hour 1.

Melissa Mocassins
My favorite design of the day, Melissa Moccasins.

Home Street Home
Beautiful hand drawn type.

Rain makes me Sleepy Shoes
A close-up of my design, a sleepy eyed bootie for cloudy days.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Warm Fuzzy Feelings for Comic Sans?

I just watched this stop motion short written by Mike Lacher and animated by Joe Hollier. A good laugh and frankly it makes you form a warm spot in your heart for Comic Sans, if that's what his personality really is like...

I'm Comic Sans, Asshole from joehollier on Vimeo.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Things I'm excited about this week...

  1. Justin's 30th birthday. Talk about an amazing year to wrap up 30 years of life with.
  2. State of Design Festival in Melbourne, especially the Art for Your Feet event.
  3. Making my very own tattoo to submit to, a site of well designed temporary tattoos for the commitment-phobe in all of us.
Customizing Melissa shoes...
My new favorite tattoo.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Who Wears Short Shorts?

I read about this ad campaign for Kiwi fashion chain Suprette, and thought it too funny not to re-post. As a designer I'm constantly looking for new ways and places to spread the word, never had I considered people's thighs fair game. Ad agency, DDB Auckland cleverly left indented plates on bus stops, mall seats and park benches leaving imprints on people's thighs who took a seatNow this is literally a walking billboard (pun intended).

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Face A Day

While browsing through Cargo Collective's featured sites I came across A Face A Day. Designed by an anonymous Vienna based Designer/Illustrator, AFAD features a daily illustrated portrait of a Viennese person. Every drawing is paired with beautifully hand-drawn type telling the viewer a bit about each character. Her/His portraits are so simple and beautiful that I'm instantaneously an admirer of this mystery illustrator :)

Monday, July 11, 2011

Ca-Phe and Near Heart Attacks

Hello my name is Yasmine and I get heart palpitations from drinking coffee, but while in Vietnam I formed a love/fascination with the country's coffee culture. Everyday along with millions of Vietnamese, I would visit whatever Cafe was close by; relax on a plastic stool or lounge chair and watch as my Ca-Phe slowly dripped into about a half cup of sweet condensed milk (yum!).

When I was leaving the country, I purchased about six or seven single cup filters, some Trung-Nguyen #5 coffee and illustrated a step by step guide for my friends and family to enjoy a little bit of my love for Vietnam.

Ca Phe Sua De Nong

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Persian Haikoodles Part 3

Part 3 involves my grandmother's active search for suitable photos. You'll see that the quality of pictures have improved since I enlisted the woman who reads the newspaper inside out daily.

Your Taste is Off
But babe, I confess,
my fruit intake has been low.
My taste may be off.

Masterbating Helps
Where are we going?
What are we going to do?
Masterbating helps.

I ate the fire from Laos.
Two types of jeow to the face.
Numb lips. A burnt butt.

Near Completion, Time to Celebrate
Yes, forward progress,
is near completion.

I Ran from Syria
A great wedding last night.
I ran from a Syrian.
She did not catch me.

Monday, June 20, 2011

I ♥ Farzi

On my final days of raiding house at my grandmother's I found this photo of my aunt Farzi when she was merely 20 years old. She looked so beautiful I couldn't help but attempt (key word being attempt) to capture it in a watercolour.

Farzi - Photo


Farzi - Detail

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Fathers Day!

I've spent the past month in my dad's childhood home in Tehran so it's pretty nostalgic to spend Father's day here without him. While searching through our old boxes I found this portrait I had drawn of my parents circa 1986. My dad doesn't look a day older :)
Baba va Maman

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Modern Miniatures

I recently visited Isfahan, the mecca of Persian miniature painting. While in years past I've marveled at the detail which goes into each piece, on this visit I found myself staring at large sloppy brush strokes which hardly deserved the title 'miniature'. I did however find a few gems, one of which I purchased. A small jewelery box measuring no more than  4" in length.

While I'm saddened to see an art form which dates back to pre 13th century Iran slowly disappearing, I'm happy to see a few crafts men and artists like Farah Oussoli carrying on this beautiful tradition.

Khorshid Khanoom Jewelry Box Detail
Khorshid Khanoom Jewelry Box

Monday, June 13, 2011

Haikoodles Part II

Some more haikus and their visual responses...
Matzo for Kabob
I see your kabob
and raise you matzo ball soup.
Ironic? Hell yes.
There and Here
I'm proud that you're there,
scared that something might happen,
yet know why you went.
Synth Molecules
Digital Yasmine,
Yikes, your voice is oh so synth.
Love, My molecules.
Far Reaches of the Earth
Run away with me
to the far reaches of earth.
A place called Melbourne.
Where are the Good Poets
I just keep thinking
if these poems were really good
we'd get a book deal.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Persian Love Haikoodles

While apart Justin and I have started an exercise of love, he sends me a Haiku daily and I send him a doodle on newspaper clippings from Iran. Below are the first five Haikoodles...

Iranian Muff
Oh, I miss your touch
Oh, I miss your muff, so much
Oh Iran, sniff me

The Anyhoopers
Huh? Anyhoopers?
You said this in an email
It's not Farsi, right?

Juggling Balls
What! You touched his tush!
You juggle his soccer balls?
Abedzadeh poop.

Lovers Loving Lovingly
Lover, I love love
your loving love lovingly
like lovers in love.

Vast Distance Hijab
You wear your hijab
while I hang my with homies,
our distance is vast.

Friday, June 10, 2011

So Ugly I Couldn't Look Away

Two weeks ago I payed a visit to Jomeh Bazaar in Tehran, where I saw these two beauties. I couldn't erase them from my memory, so I returned this Friday and purchased them. Yup, two bearded uni-browed book-stoppers (not sure if this was their original purpose). I've since named them Beardo and Brow and they are so ugly and intriguing I can't stop looking at them. Now I need to figure out how I can get them to Australia with all their import restrictions.

Beardos_Among the Hodge Podge


Beardos_At Home

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Dancing Dervishes

Yesterday, my 85 year old grandmother gave me a picture of  two dancing dervishes that she had clipped out of the newspaper. She asked me to paint the picture for her, but add a bit of colour because she found it to be a bit drab. The highlight though was seeing her chuckle about the dancer's fat chin when I gave her the watercolour today.

Dancing Dervish Photo

Dancing Dervish