Swan Necks vol. 2 - portrait drawings by Ashtar Al Ahmad

Spotlight on Syrian Graphic Designer & Illustrator, Ashtar Al Ahmad

We recently had great pleasure talking to Ashtar Al Ahmad, a motion graphic designer & illustrator who has a great flair and passion in portrait drawings. When we first saw her artworks online, we immediately knew there’s a story she’s trying to tell in each of her portrait drawings.

Our curiosity drove us to reach out to her, to find out what exactly is she trying to express in her unique and amazing drawings.

For Ashtar, drawing a portrait of one person can reflect an endless amount of events and story the person has seen or experienced. That’s why she finds portraits so interesting. We interviewed her online to learn more about her work.

Can you tell us something about yourself?

I’m Ashtar from Syria, I studied Fine Arts in Damascus University. I currently live in Moscow and work as a Motion Designer at RT News Channel.


INK NUDES - portrait drawings by Ashtar Al Ahmad


When did your interest in illustration and art started?

I’ve always found great interest in drawing and illustrating especially people’s portraits. I’ve been making portraits for as long as I can remember! Back when I was a kid I used to have big boxes filled with sketchbooks and so many A4 papers drawn on them portraits of different angles and different expressions, some were imitation of my favourite artists’ work and I just believe that people’s faces hide fascinating stories behind them!


Swan Necks vol.1

Swan Necks vol.1 - portrait drawings by Ashtar Al Ahmad

Swan Necks vol.1 - portrait drawings by Ashtar Al Ahmad

Swan Necks vol.1 - portrait drawings by Ashtar Al Ahmad

Where do you usually find your inspiration?

I love meeting new people because it’s always great get to know stories that designed their features & what makes them who they are, and I find great inspiration in that, it motivates me to draw & explore their portraits!


Which art piece or work you did, that you are most proud of and why?

It’s untitled ink on paper. I think I love this one the most because it’s where I knew my favourite technique and style in portrait drawing.


Career wise, how do you see yourself in five to ten years time?

I wish in five to ten years I’d be taking more challenges and discovering, learning & expressing more, and hope I’d be telling so many stories with my work.


Swan Neck vol.2

Swan Necks vol. 2 - portrait drawings by Ashtar Al Ahmad


To learn more about Ashtar’s works, connect with her on Behance, Dribbble or on Instagram and Twitter. Some of her artworks are also available on print. Support her and purchase one today via https://www.curioos.com/ashtarout




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