In our ATAS Artist Spotlight series, we take a deeper dive into our artists through their work and the creative process and stories behind them.
Ameena Fareeda is a Maryland-based artist known for her happy, vibrant, and playful digital art. Her artwork is influenced by the smaller things in life and being drawn to patterns and colors. When Ameena is not drawing, she enjoys making different forms of art, such as screen printing, but also likes listening to music and reading. Words that Ameena lives by are “dream, hope, forward”.
This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.
“Becoming an ATAS artist helps me show my work to those who need a smile”
What is your creative process?
Ameena: My process usually stays relatively the same regardless of what medium I’m working in. I start with creating thumbnails for my idea, then I move into a more detailed sketch and write in some tiny notes of what my vision looks like. I then scan in my sketch and then use that as my guide to finish the piece. I start with linework, then flat colors, then shading. Most of my time goes into the preparations of the piece though!
Which one of your works is your favorite?
Ameena: “Everyday Objects” is a screen print that became a catalyst for me to focus on drawing mundane things into eye catching imagery. It made me realize how much I actually enjoy drawing objects that had to do with everyday life, where anyone can relate to it! This piece also forced me to think in a way where I had to really think about each step and each mark, which has shaped the way I think and draw my pieces today.
If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go?
Ameena: I would love to travel throughout Asia! I would love to document the whole adventure through visual journalism.
What is your favorite piece of artwork that is not your own?
Ameena: “The Aurelians” by James Jean.
What do you listen to while you work?
Ameena: MONO by RM, BTS, SHINee, Childish Gambino, and Kendrick Lamar.
Why did you decide to become an ATAS artist?
Ameena: I unfortunately didn’t have the privilege to bond with my grandparents throughout my life. I always wondered if my art would’ve helped them be happier, even in the slightest. I do believe that art therapy can really change people’s lives and that artists are doing more than just drawing and creating for fun. Becoming an ATAS artist helps me show my work to those who need a smile.