The best source of entertainment for many kids, growing up, were animations, which many refer to as cartoons.
People born in the 90s and early to mid-2000s grew up watching animations such as Tom and Jerry, Looney Tunes, Scooby-Doo, Power Puff Girls, and many other interesting ones.
But for Hashim Samiru, the animation movie Big Hero 6 is what propelled him into the world of digital arts.
“I’ve always loved art but it was after watching Big Hero 6 that made me start researching about digital art specifically,” he told Kuulpeeps.
Released in 2014, Big Hero 6 follows the story of Hiro Hamada, a robotics prodigy; and Baymax, an inflatable computerized robot, who were joined by friends of Hiro to form a team of high-tech superheroes.
“Seeing it for the first time, I was amazed at how light was working in this world they created… how clothes were moving… the smooth animation. I had to research how it was done,” he added.
To understand more about digital arts and the creative processes involved, Hashim restored to watching YouTube videos on everything and anything related to art.
“YouTube has been very useful, and some courses here and there,” he said.
Hashim started creating digital art at age 15, and his constant research into art and designing propelled him into graphic and UI design; and later playing a key role in the course he studied at the University of Ghana – Information Technology (IT).
The kind of art Hashim creates is heavily inspired by music, fashion and colour, while gaining creative inspiration from Ghanaian visual arts – Poka and Nils Kwasi Britwum.
“I recently saw that Poka liked one of my posts on Instagram and that was a full-circle moment for me,” he said.
As a digital artist who’s inspired by music, a lot of his designs feature musicians. Interestingly, Hashim is the brain behind the awesome cover art for Baajo – Kwesi Arthur’s VGMA 22 award-winning hit song featuring Joe boy.
Narrating how he got the offer to design the cover art for Baajo, Hashim said: “I joined in on this design contest to make a cover art for Rema…”
“I posted my entry and Kwesi saw it and liked it… He followed me and hit me up to tell me he really liked them, and we’ve been in touch since.”
“So he hit me up one day to make the cover art for Baajo… He sent me the song and yeah I worked on it and few months later it’s international collaboration of the year at the VGMA.”
Though he is proud of every single design he creates, Hashim is most excited about his recent comic illustration of The Weeknd.
Just as he is inspired by the works of other visual artists, the designs Hashim creates also inspired other upcoming digital artists; and with that in mind, he hopes to learn more and keep creating surreal designs that will continue to inspire more designers.
“I’m going to keep learning and growing, and I plan on releasing more merch and prints.”
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