We spoke with illustrator and graphic designer Iman Rasheed to learn how she creates her vibrant artworks and the importance of gaining inspiration from the world around us


Iman Rasheed is an illustrator and Graphic Designer who runs her creative practice from her home island of Male', Maldives. Iman recently spoke to us about how she creates her vibrant artworks, the importance of gaining inspiration from the world around us and valuable lessons she’s learned whilst working in the creative industry.

You can enjoy more of Iman’s work in Pictoria Volume.1, The Best Contemporary Illustrators Worldwide.

© Iman Rasheed

© Iman Rasheed

Who are you and what do you do? 

Iman Rasheed, I am an illustrator and Graphic Designer

How would you describe your work? 

All my work is bright and colourful. Other than that, I don't know how else to describe it, but I do I like to try and take a new perspective and approach on every project I take to not get bored on working from one project to the other.

How do you go about creating your artwork? Do you prefer to work digitally or with traditional media? 

I love working with traditional media as it gives me more room to explore different styles and mediums. However with time constraints on most of the recent projects I have been working on, I currently mostly work digitally.

© Iman Rasheed

© Iman Rasheed

What are you working on at the moment? 

Branding and packaging design and illustrations for a local hand-crafted soap company

Who or what are the top five inspirations for your work? 


What's one resource every artist, illustrator or designer should know about? 

Everything around us! We are so used to Googling up work for inspiration that we forget to look at nature, people and everything else around us.

© Iman Rasheed

© Iman Rasheed

What is the most valuable lesson you've learned during your time working in the creative industries? 

Always time manage if you have several projects at once; in doing so clients trust you and you get more work through recommendation.

What is the hardest challenge you have faced in your career, and how did you overcome it? 

Getting clients to pay on time. I still haven't overcome it, but it gets easier if you ask to be paid a percentage in advance and then in installments.

What are your professional goals for the next year? 

To continue working on projects and to hopefully get international clients.

© Iman Rasheed

© Iman Rasheed


© Iman Rasheed

© Iman Rasheed