Yamen Elgamal is an Egyptian illustrator based in Cairo. Taking inspiration from pop culture icons, movies, video games, and TV series, Elgamal has developed a unique style that captures his subjects and puts them under and enhanced light.
Check out some of his awesome work below, along with some comments from the artist himself, and head over to his Behance page to see more!
"I find myself heavily influenced by western and Japanese pop-culture. Video games, movies, cartoons, comics, and music are my muses. The geek within is ultimately manifested into artwork. It stems from a desire to create a visual representation of a subject I find to be epic, beautiful, iconic, hysterical, fun, or just exceptionally cool."
Mario vs. Sonic
"It started with my first Ninja Turtles drawing. It’s when I realized that I can and love to draw, a talent nurtured by abundant parental support and an incessant passion. The turtles have made many an appearance in my portfolio since then."
"For a while I’ve experimented with several styles, traditional and digital. Currently, I go back and forth between a sharp-outlined, comic-art-inspired and a more painterly, meticulously-rendered style, nonetheless, I've eventually found myself more comfortable with digital illustration. Having said that, the start needs to be free, organic, and sketchy. For me, that is also possible digitally, as long as I use the ever-indispensable pen tablet."
"Another highly recurring subject matter is Michael Jackson, another mild obsession of mine. I find it refreshing to handle a single topic several times throughout one’s career. It has helped me reflect upon my technique, mistakes, and overall work process."
"The adult periodically makes his way into my portfolio, not only through corporate logo designs or tourism campaign storyboards, but also through personal real-world experiences, affected by my environment and current happenings. The artwork may turn out critical, sarcastic, and rebellious, but seldom bleak."
Egyptian Dream 1
Egyptian Dream 2
Egyptian Dream 3
"Essentially, what I find to be most important, is that the artist be sincere at what they do. Find out what you want to do deep down, and do it over and over, until you become the best at it."