Wondery: What inspired you to start your career as an artist?
Dahir: I did not plan on having a career as an artist. I went to University and got a degree in digital marketing. While I was looking for a job in this field, I started illustrating and sharing my work on instagram just as a hobby. But my page grew quite quickly and people started asking for commission pieces and prints! I realized that I could do this as a career, so I put all my energy into doing this full time.
Wondery: What has been the most rewarding experience you’ve had regarding your artistic career thus far?
Dahir: Definitely seeing my prints in people’s homes all over the world. I love when people send me snaps of my illustrations as part of their house decor. It's crazy to me that my works resonates with people across all different continents.
Wondery: Your growth as an artist has been incredible! Especially considering you only started doing this professionally for only 1 year! Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Dahir: Hopefully, just growing more in my craft, exploring different art techniques. I love learning new things and new ways to create art, I never want to feel stagnant.
Wondery: Have you ever experienced moments of doubt about your art or your unique style? How did you overcome it?:
Dahir: Definitely! Sometimes, like any artist, experience a creative block, and it can be frustrating but it’s normal. It’s not realistic to think of new ideas all the time, so I just take a break and do other things until I find inspiration again. I don’t compare myself to other artists but I’m definitely inspired by their work and it motivates me to push myself.
Wondery: We are really excited to see what you’ll come up with next! What upcoming projects can we expect from @nawaal_illustrations?
I definitely want to explore more in the fashion and clothing industry. I love fashion and would love to create some pieces that incorporate my art. Right now it’s just a thought, but will hopefully materialize in the future. Working with Wondery on these pieces is already the first step.