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urdu markaz mushaira los angeles 2014

Urdu Markaz Los Angeles 2014 Mushaira

I took my parents to a mushaira (Urdu poetry recital) featuring Pakistani and Indian poets. There was a lot of beautiful poetry with commentary on social issues in both serious and humorous tones. I took my iPad with me and made these sketches in an app called Procreate. You can also see a video of each sketch being drawn thanks to a feature in the app.

Here’s the full piece of Iqbal Ashhar performing his poetry that I included in the video above.

MVP Open Mic Night at the Levantine Cultural Center

MPV Youth Open Mic at Levantine Cultural Center

I went to the MPV Youth Open Mic at Levantine Cultural Center and saw a lot of talent sharing pieces, close to their hearts. Here are a few pencil sketches I managed during the night.

sheila govindarajan

Sheila Govindarajan and friends at Downstairs at 57

Exhausted from work, I went over to see my friend Sheila Govindarajan with other great musicians play at Downstairs at 57 in downtown LA. I managed to grab some markers and a small sketchbook on my way out the door and made these sketches during the show in all my sleeplessness.

So much talent on that little stage. Thanks.

ramadan poetry, writ large press, dtlab, traxx

An Evening of Ramadan Poetry – DTLAB – Writ Large Press

I want to Ramadan Poetry, a night of poetry that came out of my friend Taz‘s “Poetry a Day for Ramadan” project for people to create poetry every day as during the month. This was the outcome of that wonderful project, in Union Station thanks to DTLAB, Writ Large Press and Traxx Bar for generously hosting.

Here’s a video of the process behind these sketches thanks to Procreate, an app on the iPad that I used to create the sketches.

ramadan poetry sketches from Adnan Hussain on Vimeo.


Post Natyam Collective’s “Super Ruwaxi: Origins” Sketches

I’ve been working with Post Natyam Collective on their dance theater production entitled “Super Ruwaxi: Origins” this whole month. We’re a few days away from the Los Angeles preview, so I thought I’d share some artwork from my contributions to the process. I’ve been painting countless backgrounds, creating animations and doing a bunch of green screen compositing to help flesh out the world of Super Ruwaxi. A lot of the animation techniques I’m using are ones I also taught at some of my recent classes. It’s been really interesting to use an iPad as a production tool. I’ve been painting using Procreate and created some 2D animation using Animation Creator HD, both apps for the iPad.

You can see some sketches and paintings above, and animation below to give you a taste of some of my contributions to the piece.

Angeliqie Kidjo at Grand Performances

Angelique Kidjo at Grand Performances

I went to see Angelique Kidjo at Grand Performances. What an amazing show. The place was packed, the music was great and I managed to do some sketches during the show.

LACMA Caricatures

LACMA Caricatures

I had the pleasure of drawing caricatures at LACMA today during a graduation event for their high school program. It was a lot of fun. I didn’t take any photos as I was busy drawing, but here are some thanks to my friend Eduardo.



I grew up reading comics, and other books. These days as I am working on my own, it is a lot of fun to pick up a book that really inspires. Rebetiko by David Prudhomme is one such book. It tells the story of musicians caught up in Greece’s turn to fascism in the 1930s. It is beautifully drawn, with interesting characters and a wonderful slice of life feel to history told by regular people.




symbiosis cd cover

Abbas Premjee – Symbiosis Album Cover

Abbas Premjee approached me regarding album artwork for “Symbiosis”, his latest CD. He wanted something abstract that would embody the idea of a symbiotic connection. I listened to the beautiful tracks on the album, then began sketching out ideas, which lead me to the process below. Listen to the album below. Purchase it here.