This project has been a work in progress for the past couple of months for the talented and good friend Safiyyah. She’s dropping her first EP and it was a great opportunity for us to finally collaborate and create something amazing! We work together at our local leisure centre and instantly hit it off as friends, we vibe so well (and so do our art forms!) and always used to discuss that we one day have to collaborate on something together – and here it is! I hope this is the first of many collaborations for us.
The EP ‘Third Eye’ will be released by the end of this month on all good streaming platforms! You can also check out her singles on Spotify here.
I have been working on creating a monthly newsletter so my family, friends and fans can all stay up to date with my latest news on projects, exhibits, stalls and anything new all to do with Aliyah Art! I then thought it would be cute to add my little character with the newsletter and started creating emotes of ‘Chibi Alii’ and I really love the outcome – I completed these illustrations on my Twitch stream and they have gone down well on Instagram too, so I’ll be making more for sure! Stay tuned 🙂
The work continues on making album artwork illustrations for EPs and singles! I always enjoy doing these because it’s so rewarding seeing the track out on all good streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple Music etc.) with my artwork clearly shown. The latest piece and also a popular favourite is ‘All of Them’ by Sa’el who was wonderful to work with!
A t-shirt design I did in collaboration with a colleague and friend of mine affected by the terrible incident at Grenfell Tower back in 2017. We wanted to create something in remembrance and he had a vision to create something with 72 doves, he commissioned me to bring his idea to life. I was strongly inspired by MC Escher here and used the optical illusion of birds intertwining and shaping in to one another to create this final design. I feel it really represents the togetherness of the community and each bird represents one of those lost in the fire.
I have been volunteering with a company called You Press over the summer to help create a website called ScribersHive. A place that gives young people (or anybody!) a voice and a place to express their opinions or creativity. I helped create posters promoting the website’s release, the logos for the podcast “Hidden Voices” and the “Comics” section – which I also have created a comic for inspired by one of the articles.