When Adobe launched its new software, Photoshop CC 2017, one thing particularly caught our eyes, it was the unusual design of the program’s cover. We later found out that the mastermind behind this visual beauty was the now globally-recognized and respected Egyptian artist, Amr El Shamy. There’s this sense of pride that never fails to hit you when someone from the Middle East hits the world scene with a breakthrough in their field, especially knowing how little support these people get from their communities.
This outstanding visual artist who is about to turn 30 was never even educated in what he’s come to master.El Shamy graduated with a degree in tourism, but he says that his lifetime goal was to become an animator. We’re talking Walt Disney big. With very little resources, he started to practice graphic design using Photoshop, and after coming up with a number of his unique designs, he launched a website with the name ‘www.hotamr.com‘ (before judging the name, remember what your first e-mail address was) to exhibit his pieces.
He started to upload his works to DeviantArt, and in 2014, after posting a project he named “The Family,” he got a call from someone in the website’s administration who praised the artist’s work and told him that they at DeviantArt have posted his work on all their platforms.
This was the first step in a series of global recognition. El Shamy even said that some bands (including Imagine Dragons) contacted him so he could sprinkle his magic on their album covers, but he wasn’t up for it. That was until he was contacted by Adobe (you can imagine the chills that ran up his spine) asking him to work with about 16 of the world’s top digital artists on one of their big projects. One thing led to another and now this guy’s surreal masterpiece is the cover of the company’s latest launch.
WE SAID THIS: It’s people like Amr El Shamy that get us pumped up with energy in the midst of our region’s difficulties. Hats off to each of these warriors. For a peek at more of El Shamy’s work, click here.