Alhamdulillah! My new collaboration with Retro Fixi is coming to Pesta Buku Selangor this Thursday (29 Mar – 8 April) at SACC, Shah Alam, HIKAYAT NABI YUSUF (Muhammad Labai, 1802).
I uses old Babylonian mosaic art (mainly the remains at Dura-Europo and Hellensitic era) since I couldn’t find art reference dated back to 1900BC (allegedly time of Yusuf/Joseph) as my reference.
As the story progresses; time-wise and location-wise, I slowly make a transition in the illustration from old Hebrew art into ancient Egyptian art. That includes the usage of gold leaf in the artwork.
For the borders, I uses quite recent elements to reflect the book itself, which was written in 1802, and has similar feel to the original design of the book.
I’m very proud of this book. May the future generations can benefit from this small initiative. Jazakallah.