KARACHI: A couple of weeks ago, a video of #DontRushChallenge was making rounds on social media. The video, made by eight Pakistani visual artists, garnered praises on Twitter and Facebook alike.
The video, lead by Paak Legion famed Umair Najeeb Khan included seven other illustrators, each owning the craft.
However, the recent project by Khan has brought back memories almost every 90s kid holds so dear. Titled, Good Old Bachpan, Umair shared with The Express Tribune that he plans on converting his latest project in a book.
I remember seeing my mother sew with her old-school salika machine and anytime she would do it, I’d stick a pencil over my ear, pick the measuring tape and pretend to be a tailor. pic.twitter.com/jijFQW2s7u— umair. (@UmairNajeebKhan) May 14, 2020
"The book basically is a throwback to the 90s, my childhood reimagined, showing how children perceive their parents and family," he shared. "It's centred around moms mostly, but I'm showing other people of the family too."
Umair added that the basic idea behind the project is to keep it as inclusive as possible. "So far it has been received really well," he continued.
On Saturday, the 26-year-old Islamabad based artist shared his Eid illustration. He wrote, "Abbu would take me and my brothers out for Eid shopping every year to get new clothes but little me had to accessorise as well and that meant new topi, shades, wristwatch and a new wallet to bag the Eidi. As soon as we would get home, I’d wear everything and show Ammi my Eid ‘look’."
Abbu would take me and my brothers out for Eid shopping every year to get new clothes but little me had to accessorise as well and that meant new topi, shades, wristwatch & a new wallet to bag the Eidi. As soon as we would get home, I’d wear everything and show Ammi my Eid ‘look’ pic.twitter.com/tmsUtEFD8e— umair. (@UmairNajeebKhan) May 23, 2020
And it's too adorable for words!
He has now shared another one of the Eid illustrations. And it is right on the money!
"Eid was all about eidi back in the day. My competitive self was always a sore loser because my sister would somehow get more Eidi than I did and she would of course always rub it in my face," he shared with an illustration of two kids.
Eid was all about eidi back in the day. My competitive self was always a sore loser because my sister would somehow get more Eidi than I did and she would of course always rub it in my face.— umair. (@UmairNajeebKhan) May 24, 2020
Were you just as petty as I was? pic.twitter.com/6ZfbfOznkL
And Twitter is in awe!
Omg I love this series so much! Thank you so much for these— baby-goatsong (@amnawintour) May 23, 2020
COLORFUL SHADES WERE SO IMPORTANT BACK THEN 😭— Javeria. (@Jisnotlucy) May 23, 2020
This series is my favorite thing on twitter these days. Great job!— Hashim (@amroayaar) May 23, 2020
Those wrist watches having cartoon characters cover and all that and that yellow frame shades , this generation would never know the craze we had been through.— awais (@awaisali_21) May 23, 2020
A new wallet used to be such a Must. 😍— Hella Badid (@ArbabiWaqasi) May 23, 2020
Previously, Umair shared a few illustrations based on Ramazan and childhood.
I loved meetha paratha as a kid, so much so that I’d request it for school lunch as well. When Ammi would make the parathay, I’d sneak up just to poke my fingers in the dough until my she would shoo me away. pic.twitter.com/Z1ZrLtUhEG— umair. (@UmairNajeebKhan) May 17, 2020
Sehri always seemed like a grown up thing and I wanted to be a part of it but I wasn’t allowed on school days. So weekends meant I could fast. Ammi would fry shami kababs with parathay & my brother would get his favorite phaini. I’d eat and be off to bed until my iftar...at 12pm. pic.twitter.com/tdSYTyKpVo— umair. (@UmairNajeebKhan) May 19, 2020
I was always really excited to get back from school in summer because Ammi made sure there were popsicles, especially jet sports, in the freezer for us. I would take the lychee one and my sister would always pick the brightest color so she could show everyone her dyed tongue. pic.twitter.com/TOL2W60Thl— umair. (@UmairNajeebKhan) May 20, 2020
Tayl maalish pic.twitter.com/uAVxUYETJ6— umair. (@UmairNajeebKhan) May 13, 2020
According to him, he plans on releasing his book in July. We cannot wait!
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