We have found ourselves inspired once again. This time, our travels take us abroad and connect us with athlete, as well as extraordinary illustrator, Adam Hassan. Talented is not the word, and as you read in this recent interview we had with him, you can’t help but sense that there is something quite remarkable about this young man, whose efforts not only wow and amaze but will one day soon move a nation with his athletic endeavors as a 400m runner.
WBM: Who is Adam Hassan?
ADAM: I’m an athletic illustrator in my 20’s that’s in to making the most of life with ambitions of traveling the world.
WBM: Where are you from?
ADAM: I’m from a town called Reading in the UK but was born a little east from there in a place called Slough, just outside of London.
WBM: Why does art matter?
ADAM: Art matters because it allows others to see the unseen. What I mean is its down to the artists of the world to allow others to see reinterpretations of things they think they know. It can be a lie or it can be the truth. It matters because it’s the one thing you can’t hide from. A piece of art is like a song, it can be the thing that when you wake up and you look at, like hearing the lyrics of a song on the radio, be the reason or inspiration to get out of bed.
WBM: How long have you been involved?
ADAM: I’ve been drawing all my life but started to take things more seriously when I started my GCSE’s.
WBM: What sparked your desire to take your love of art from just a hobby to something you actually pursue?
ADAM: Well at school I always enjoyed the artistic subjects but always had the dream of being an international athlete for 400m. I loved sport science and how the body worked but with the dream of being a runner, I didn’t really want to consume myself in sport. So when I left school and moved on to college it was to do a national diploma in art and design, which at the time was Thames Valley University, formally and now once again Reading College. This allowed me to still train for the 400m but to create a second life pursuing the dream of an artist.
WBM: What are your tools of choice?
ADAM: I mainly work in fiber tip pigment pens with the occasional sharpie. I’ll rarely draw something with just a pencil, but I will use one to create a vague outline so I know where I’m going with my pens.
WBM: Biggest accomplishment?
ADAM: I’d say getting into university was my greatest accomplishment just because it was something not many people thought I would achieve.
WBM: Is there anyone you would like to work with in the future?
ADAM: As of yet I’m unsure but I’m always open to collaborations.
WBM: If you weren’t doing art, where else do your interests lie?
ADAM: Well like I said earlier, I train for 400m but I’m also a qualified gym instructor, so I suppose if I wasn’t illustrating I’d be working my way to become a personal trainer.
WBM: What are your thoughts on success?
ADAM: There is a quote I love which states “When you want to succeed as much as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.” This is a driving phrase for me.
WBM: What type of impact would you like to make with your artwork?
ADAM: I want to create the work that changes someone’s mood for the day. When they wake up and see it, they’re instantly in a better mood in the same way music plays a part in my life.
WBM: What’s next?
ADAM: The future is uncertain, as is everyone’s but I’m going to keep trying to get my work out there and produce the work I love to make.
WBM: What should people keep in mind when pursuing their dreams and goals?
ADAM: Stay focused and don’t let anyone tell you your not good enough. It’s all about knowing when to prove people wrong and right.
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