Based in the heart of London, England, Petros Afshar has a niche for designing appealing images crafted artfully to the human eye. Afshar’s designs have a stained glass approach with a cartoon feel. He has a diverse set of skills specializing in typography, graphic design, illustration, branding and much more. With a large presence on Behance and a wide clientele ranging from Nike to Disney, Afshar has proven himself to be a master at his profession.
We had the opportunity to sit down with Afshar to hear his art inspiration, how he is evolving and where he is headed next. Learn more about Afshar in our exclusive interview exploring his graphic artist life.
[FIDM Digital Arts] Why did you want to become a graphic designer?
[Afshar] “Art and design in general has always been a key interest through my adolescence. It wasn’t until after college that I decided to make a leap of faith into the creative realms and now I pretty much live, eat, breathe and mingle design.”
What is the inspiration behind your art?
“Anything from art deco, stained glass art to hieroglyphics, nature, geometric shapes, aztec art and the works of Peter Grundy. London is also thriving with creativity so a stroll down Shoreditch or a visit to the Tate Modern certainly tickles my designer taste buds.”
What is the process behind creating your designs?
“I tend to blast my art board with initial concepts until I’m satisfied with a composition. Colors come in soon after the general layout is achieved and I usually add the finishing touches once I’m content with the overall look and feel of the design. Plenty of takeaways are ordered in the process, but again this depends on the project at hand. Oh, and late nights they call me a nocturnal creature of the night – however I see myself as more of a majestic night owl.”
Where do you see your art evolving to?
“I’ve adapted to subtle gradients with my recent pieces and also had the privilege of dabbling in 2D animation and motion graphics – furthermore incorporating my style into other mediums such as branding and typography is something I’d like to develop. The beauty of learning the craft is that there are no limitations to transcend further and progress your skills.”
What are your next steps in your career?
“There are numerous projects I’d like to tackle at some stage in my life such as an illustrated book series on endangered species in hopes of raising awareness and a typography series based on various tales including the likes of Greek, Arabic and Norse Mythology.
At this current moment in time I am a creative director for a flamboyant agency by the name of Fishfinger and I’m working on a game app that’s on the road to launch. For more info you can visit the site on www.playeminence.com.”
What advice would you give students interested in pursuing a career in design?
“I’ll keep this one short and simple – ‘Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.’ – Rumi”
All image credit goes to Petros Afshar.