Illustration: taking a new turn

Looking for a new direction in the way I illustrate. Some recent examples:



Two ways of telling a patient he or she suffers from a fatal disease. Illustrations for a lecture at Palliative Centre Lund, part of Region Skåne. Commissioned by Kolossal AB.




Potential sources of conflicts in and around the summer house. 1) Your Mother in law stays too long, 2) A parent is excited about spending some weeks at the countryside whereas the teenage kids rather would’ve stayed in town, 3) one partner wants peace and quite to work on the house whereas the other wants to socialize with guests. Allt om Fritidshus, Bonnier Tidskrifter.

Making a carnival poster

16-18 May it was once again time for the quadrennial Lundakarnevalen (The Lund Carnival). I was part of the 2002 carnival and the 2006 one. This time, with quite a few years of distance from student life, I entered the official poster competition. Mine was one of five entries that reached the final. I didn’t win. However I enjoyed doing this competition. I found a style and a way of working that I liked. The theme of the carnival was “futural” (futuristic, kind of…). I wanted to make something that reflected Lund’s peculiar mix of conservatism and progressivity. I started out with lots and lots of doodles and ended up with this final sketch, done in Photoshop:


I always loved Back to the Future, the scruffy Delorean being able to travel in time and fly and what not. Thus I chose a “retro” cartooning style (50s-ish) with a futuristic subject matter (a flying old fashioned tram). The vector art was done in Illustrator. A lot of thought went into this: two students one of each sex, the Lund University lion, the logo resembling electricity fueling the tram, the cathedral, the flying retro cartoon cars, the transsexual cyclist, the pride rainbow, the computer motherboard texture in the background etc. I wanted it all in there and ended up with something quite messy:

futuralkarneval_qassim131011It got me into the final at least! The committee’s critique was basically “try to remove some stuff and find a better font”. Their critique was entirely justified. So I spent a day or two removing stuff and looking for easier to apply, non-homemade fonts. My good ol’ friend Alfred Beckman helped me a lot during this process. Thanks Alfred! Your generous input always improves my work! I ended up with not one reworked entry, but four:




The committee really liked the transsexual student on the old-fashioned bike, so I made one version with him/her as the main graphic object rather than the tram. Maybe it’s the best one? I like the simplicity, but I think however that this one is my favorite:

lackalŠngakarnevalI put this one in my online portfolio before the carnival, thus I changed the name, so there would be no confusion with multiple carnival posters circulating the net. Which one of these is your favorite?



Mamma 70

Min mamma fyller 70! Hon utbildade sig till sjuksköterska på 60-talet och jobbade under större delen av sitt yrkesliv som vårdlärare. För två år sedan fyllde hennes sambo Krister 70 och jag gjorde då ett Biggles-inspirerat porträtt av honom. Redan då började jag fundera på hur jag skulle återge min mamma när det blev hennes tur. Så här blev det:

never trust a smiling nurse

Idén kom från en turkos mysdress hon fick av en avgångsklass på vårdskolan. “Never trust a smiling nurse” stod det på den (en klassiker i vår familj). Både Krister och mamma är födda under kriget, så det fick det bli en krigs-sjuksköterska. Men en stridspilot från första världskriget och en sjuksköterska från andra? I krig och kärlek kan allt hända…

Så här hänger tavlorna tillsammans:


Grattis mamma! Du är bäst!

ⓒ Andreas Qassim

The Original SpaceKubb

Summer outdoor gaming will never be the same! Wonderful Times Toys and Games will be releasing The Original Space Kubb later this spring. Box illustration by Andreas Qassim. I wanted to make a 50s sci-fi inspired cover to emphasize the UFO theme. I hope you can tell I had fun with this piece. I did. Really. I’m not joking. The illustration was illustrated in Illustrator.

Here’s a sneak peak at the actual game box presented by game designer Joni Cizmic:


Personally, I can’t wait to try this game out. How about you? Anyone for a few beers and a game of SpaceKubb this summer?