Arabic calligraphy artist Khaled Almesawy says the World Cup has been nice for his artwork enterprise and for Qatar.
Doha, Qatar – Exterior the Souq Artwork Centre in Doha’s common Souq Waqif market, Qatar-based artist Khaled Almesawy has been inundated with orders from residents and soccer World Cup guests for his distinctive calligraphy sketches of Argentina’s celebrity Lionel Messi.
From Dumyat metropolis in Egypt, Almesawy mentioned folks have been amazed not solely by his Messi portraits but in addition his Arabic-inspired calligraphy artwork – particularly foreigners who have been seeing this artwork type for the primary time.
“He’s the most well-liked footballer who folks need me to attract as a result of everybody loves Messi,” the Egyptian artist advised Al Jazeera, whereas in the midst of sketching one in all his many Messi calligraphy-based portraits utilizing solely the Argentinian’s identify written in Arabic.
“I really like their response, particularly of foreigners … they’ve been sharing my sketches on Instagram and different social media,” he mentioned.
Preserving his drawings of Messi company was one other sketch of Argentina’s legendary Diego Maradona, who was the artist’s all-time favorite participant earlier than Messi took the footballing world by storm some 17 years in the past.
In accordance with Almesawy, apart from the admiration folks have for Messi’s genius on the pitch, they’re additionally excited to see him within the flesh and presumably, lastly, successful a World Cup.
From the variety of folks carrying Messi soccer jerseys to these chanting his name and waving flags bearing his picture, usually subsequent to Maradona, no different participant at this match has been as common as Messi.
Regardless of a number of trophies and accolades, the World Cup has alluded Messi since he first made an look on the match in 2006. Sunday’s upcoming remaining towards reigning champions France is prone to be the 35-year-old Argentinian’s final probability to win that title, after enjoying in a complete of 5 World Cups.
Messi and Argentina’s final World Cup remaining was in 2014 in Brazil, the place they misplaced 1-0 to Germany in additional time.
‘It’s been actually good’
Almesawy, who has been residing in Qatar for 25 years, advised Al Jazeera how good the FIFA World Cup has been for him and for the nation he calls dwelling, as soccer fever and tourism have gripped the diminutive gulf nation over the previous a number of weeks.
“I want the World Cup would may happen each 4 years in Doha,” he mentioned. “It’s been actually good for me personally and professionally,” he mentioned.
Because the World Cup kicked off final month, Almesawy mentioned he has not taken a single time off. Regardless of the gruelling schedule, he mentioned his artwork was “every thing” to him.
“I are available in at 3-4pm (12:00-13:00 GMT) and I’m supposed to go away at 10pm (19:00 GMT). However I simply maintain drawing for hours after,” he mentioned.
“It’s my life. I really like what I do.”