The Art of Life and Imag­i­na­tion Tal­ented Le­banese Il­lus­tra­tors to Fol­low on In­sta­gram


There is noth­ing more ful­fill­ing and es­sen­tially pure than watch­ing hu­man be­ings ex­press their emo­tions, con­vic­tions and fluc­tu­at­ing men­tal states through pur­pose­ful art. This month, we’re shed­ding light on the work of tal­ented Le­banese il­lus­tra­tors who have man­aged to pour their in­di­vid­ual artis­tic uni­verses into aes­thet­i­cally grip­ping In­sta­gram pages. Our hand­picked se­lec­tion is il­lus­trated be­low!

Cyn­thia Mer­hej @cyn­thi­amer­hej

Beirut-based il­lus­tra­tor and fash­ion de­signer Cyn­thia Mer­hej ex­plores the fine line be­tween the real and the imag­i­nary in her hu­mor­ous and sur­real vis­ual nar­ra­tives. Hav­ing stud­ied Vis­ual Com­mu­ni­ca­tion at the UK’S Royal Col­lege of Art and Graphic De­sign at Central Saint Martins, she per­pet­u­ally draws upon her di­verse cul­tural in­flu­ences to con­ceive in­tel­lec­tu­ally and ar­tis­ti­cally com­pelling il­lus­tra­tions.

Samer Mghabghab @samer­stuff

This cap­ti­vat­ing ac­count is all about clean-cut lines and char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally mod­ern il­lus­tra­tions. Mghabghab may be the youngest il­lus­tra­tor on the list (he’s only just grad­u­ated high school), but his su­pe­rior tech­nique and ef­fort­less lines make him a nat­u­ral ta­lent to watch and fol­low. The fu­ture surely looks bright for this one!

Nour Flay­han @nou­ri­flay­han

Le­banese-american il­lus­tra­tor and UAL grad­u­ate Nour Flay­han shares re­mark­ably stylish il­lus­tra­tions that are both in­di­vid­ual in their char­ac­ter and con­sis­tent in terms of aes­thetic. Sim­ple and com­pelling, her dis­tinc­tive artis­tic flair is beau­ti­fully ex­pressed in each of her In­sta­gram posts.

Rana Za­her @ranaza­­lus­tra­tor

Hav­ing pur­sued a grad­u­ate pro­gramme in An­cient Near Eastern Arche­ol­ogy at AUB just a cou­ple years af­ter com­plet­ing her Graphic De­sign stud­ies at the same in­sti­tu­tion, il­lus­tra­tor and de­signer Rana Za­her im­ple­ments el­e­ments of vis­ual the­ory, semi­otics and art his­tory into her work as a means of both aca­demic and per­sonal re­search. Her dis­tinc­tively pre­cise vis­ual style bor­rows from an­cient cul­tures of the Le­vant, North Syria and Me­sopotamia.

Zari Haidar @justzhm

An ar­chi­tect/ur­ban de­signer by pro­fes­sion and self-taught il­lus­tra­tor by pas­sion, Haidar skill­fully doo­dles her way across ev­ery­day spec­ta­cles by in­cor­po­rat­ing quirky char­ac­ters and metic­u­lously ex­e­cuted il­lus­tra­tions into real-life pho­to­graphs. You can eas­ily tell from her posts that her sketch­book trav­els with her ev­ery­where! A piece of her work was even fea­tured on none but In­sta­gram’s of­fi­cial page in 2015.

Ge­or­gio Bas­sil @ge­or­gio.copter

Bas­sil gained in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion af­ter win­ning Best Snapchat Artist of the Year in the 2016 Ghosties Awards in recognition of his un­mis­tak­able ta­lent, which con­sists of blend­ing de­tailed il­lus­tra­tions of colour­fully pe­cu­liar mon­sters into day-to-day snaps. And although his in­flu­ence is big­gest on Snapchat, his In­sta­gram serves as an equally com­pelling des­ti­na­tion for art en­thu­si­asts!

Tala Sharafed­dine @skin­sells

A quick glance at Sharefed­dine’s smartly ar­ranged In­sta­gram art ac­count is enough con­fir­ma­tion of her nat­u­ral­born artis­tic ta­lent. Dig­i­tal or hand-painted, her por­traits fol­low a stylis­ti­cally di­verse yet ex­pres­sively unique ap­proach that keeps you com­ing back for more. “Mostly, I just try to show the mil­lion ways to be hu­man,” she told Arabad.

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