— fatima 🌈💖✨ (@fatishook) October 12, 2018
“#SouthAsianArtists was inspired by #DrawingWhileBlack and we were inspired to do a hashtag that would highlight desi artists and give them a platform,” explained co-founder Fatima Wajid in an email. She said that she and her co-founder Mai (a Bangladeshi artist who tweets at @iwantsyrniki) wanted to also help foster relationships between artists and potential buyers and employers.
It’s time for #SouthAsianArtists round 2!!!
Hi!! I’m Esha(or Mai, if you prefer)
I’m a 15 year old from Dhaka, Bangladesh🇧🇩 and a hobbyist, preparing to study architecture!! I love to draw people, but you might catch me sketching some small trinkets from time to time!! pic.twitter.com/XGZKtcv0Fv
— 🕸️🎃Sapphic Overlord 🎃🕸️ (@iwantsyrniki) October 12, 2018
“It always seemed like desi artists were an online minority and that there was no real ‘community,’” said Wajid. “The hashtag aims to let South Asian artists of all sort organize and create a supportive community.”
Here are just a few of the very many talented artists whose work jumped out at us on the hashtag.
It’s that time of year again! I’m Anoosha Syed, a Pakistani illustrator/character designer, drawing cute kids and fighting for more desi representation!
— anoosha (but spooky) (@foxville_art) October 13, 2018
Artist and illustrator Anoosha Syed is also the co-host of The Art Corner podcast. In addition to working with blockbuster companies like Disney and Dreamworks, she is the illustrator for the upcoming book ‘Other Words For Home’ by Jasmine Warga, which is about a young Muslim girl.
hi i’m also priya! i’m bangladeshi-american and i make comics about myself and others, sometimes realistic, sometimes fantastic. i have a comic called mana https://t.co/RnrzMKAuJK and i’m in a few anthologies🌻🌸 portfolio: https://t.co/R7zldJTAZG #SouthAsianArtists pic.twitter.com/RdJGUbkxLG
— 🌹🔥priya huq has kittens🔥🌹 (@batsabatsabatsa) October 13, 2018
Priya Huq’s comic Mana is a fantasy comic about a swordsperson named Samudra. When she has a dream about the ocean, she knows that she has to travel towards it. But Samudra also knows that “those who leave the mountains are not allowed to return.” You can check out Mana here.
Hi, I’m Usman Riaz, I’m a 27 year old animator, a Senior @TEDFellow and the founder of @manostudios, Pakistan’s first hand-drawn #animation #studio. We are working on our first feature #film #theglassworker – #SouthAsianArtists pic.twitter.com/gZNPIfQ4fR
— Usman Riaz (@usmanriaz1990) October 14, 2018
I struggle with knowing whether I fit into the category of #SouthAsianArtists, because of double diaspora reasons (several generations in Trinidad–>me moving to the USA), but here I am, and here’s some of my art. pic.twitter.com/adFJ2LbhBe
— Sayada Ramdial (@SayadaRamdial) October 12, 2018
Sayada Ramdial is an artist and illustrator from Trinidad. Check out her illustrations of food, patterns and more here.
Little late to this today (sick like a dog) but hi again #SouthAsianArtists I’m Shivana. 🙌🏾 I’m a cartoonist working on some secret things/a designer in publishing! Find my work here: https://t.co/r35YV6VCHU pic.twitter.com/Q1wkuGQRj0
— shivana @ MICE A57 (@toastasaurus) October 13, 2018
Shivana Sookdeo describes herself as being known for “simple, eye-catching visuals paired with thoughtful, quietly dense narratives.” Check out her work here.
HEY! I’m Sailesh (Say•leh•shh). He/him. Ethnically Indian. I love my job at @CriterionGames as UI Artist!!, but I also have a burning passion to express myself on digital canvas.
— sailesh vagHELLYEAH🎃👻✨💕 (@SaileshVaghela) October 13, 2018
Artist Sailesh Vaghela are eye popping in their use of color. Check out his work on his Instagram account by heading here.
Discover more of the artists who shared their work this weekend by clicking on the #SouthAsianArtists hashtag on Twitter.