Art General, Culture and Religion, Museum Collections

My free copy of this totally awesome children’s book has arrived.  Historium, by Richard Wilkinson and Jo Nelson (Big Picture Press link), brings the museum right to your lap at any hour of the day.  It’s filled with illustrations that truly make the reader feel as if they are standing right in front of the glass case housing the objects.

I was already a fan of their previous books Animalium and Maps before they approached me.  Big thanks guys.  I’m very honored to be part of this cool project!


My photo on Flickr
Frieze of Archers

Historium arrived! Thanks Templar Publishing

Art General

In the land of Andylucia wa Rahoul, there is a popular brand of soup, Camel Soup. It’s always hot, never dry and full of colorful flavors.  See this and more designs at:

Camel Soup

Camel Soup

Camel Soup


I was thrilled to have been selected as a contributing author in Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, and Intimacy (Beacon Press 2014, Amazon link), edited by Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi.  It was a project that truly changed my life.  My story “Echoes” is a memoir that covered five seemingly unconnected moments in my life.  However, when read as a whole, the reader discovers that life’s little moments are greater than they seem.  (Read more about Salaam, Love and Love Inshallah: here)

Here is a recording from the Salaam, Love reading at the Harvard Book Store.

I was also given the opportunity to produce the book trailer for Salaam, Love.  Check it out on Vimeo and let me know what you think.

Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex & Intimacy from Mohammed Shamma on Vimeo.

“Echoes” from Salaam, Love


This sketchbook (available online from The Sketchbook Project) is my attempt at illustrating the first letter my mother wrote to my father in 1953. I enjoyed it thoroughly and hope to illustrate another letter in the next edition of the project. I also hope that my illustrations help connect the reader to the author’s (Florence) stream of consciousness as she is composing each paragraph. Her words are full of youthful imagination and simply call out for a visual backdrop.

This project was technically challenging because I wanted to paint with watercolor but every attempt I made bled too much into the paper. I also tried India and calligraphy inks but they seemed to bleed also. I finally settled on acrylic ink for the text and illustrations. It dried very quickly and had very minimal bleeding.

I drew much of my inspiration from mid-century modern art, graphic design and textile patterns of the early 1950s. I focused mainly on the works of Charley Harper, Alexander Calder, Lucienne Day, Gerald Downes, Stig Lindberg, Marian Mahler and Sylvia Chalmers.


The Illustrated Letters of Florence and Nessim


The book trailer for Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, and Intimacy was my first motion graphics project.  Nura Maznavi and Ayesha Mattu wrote the script.  I did the story boarding, illustration (Illustrator/Photoshop), animation (After Effects) and editing (Premiere).  I was also fortunate enough to find some talented artists who offered creative input and material.

Some of the stills were provided by Eve Rivera and Rahmeek Rasul.  The music and Lyrics to “Makes Me Crazy” by Kareem Salama

Check it out on Vimeo and let me know what you think.

Here are some of the stills.

Salaam, Love Book Trailer