Amr Elshamy, also known as Hotamr, lives in Egypt where he creates beautiful combinations of storytelling and magical art filled with lovable monsters, sci-fi, and surreal worlds where anything can happen.
Recently, Amr’s work entitled “Falling…” was featured on the splash screen of Adobe Photoshop CC 2017, making Amr the very first Egyptian to be featured on an Adobe Splash screen. Wow!
Read on to find out how this has changed Amr’s life.
"Always try new stuff even it’s not only about art, take a long walk, shoot photos with your mobile phone camera, visit art gallery and Museum, focus on details in everything around you..."
What is your name?
My name is Amr Elshamy, known as Hotamr
Where is home?
I’m From Cairo, Egypt “country of the pyramids”
Please describe your work in 7 words or less
Story, Monsters, journey, blue, magic world, sci-fi.
I adore the monsters in your work. Would you share what inspired them?
Monsters always inside my dreams, I see them tell me stories about the forest, they are lovable Creatures, maybe they look scary but they are not.
Which is your favorite work uploaded to Redbubble and why?
“The Family” it’s the first time I have be able to done my Monsters theme and look so good, I was so happy about it.
"...I always keep myself in another magical world in my mind..."
You’ve recently had a bit of fame – would you share how this came about and how it’s affected your life? More projects? People stopping you in the street for selfies? :)
So crazy here! My ِartwork called “falling…” has been featured on the splash screen of Adobe Photoshop CC 2017, the news has spread like fire in Egypt and Arab world, been the first Egyptian on Adobe Splash screen, was huge news for everyone.
The news was in every newspaper in the country and even in the Middle east, and every big tv shows want to interview me,
I’m very happy about it, now everyone has see my artworks and start to appreciate it for the first time in my life people has finally understand what i’m about, art is my life.
What tip would you give to an artist trying to improve their technical skills?
Always try new stuff even it’s not only about art, take a long walk, shoot photos with your mobile phone camera, visit art gallery and Museum, focus on details in everything around you even people faces! Be careful you don’t want people to call you weird!
Everything you do will help your mind expand and make your technical skills so unique, that the idea to be original.
How do you sustain yourself creatively and continue to find inspiration?
I really don’t know it’s all about Dreams! Sometimes I just fall in sleep for a moment and go to the forest or other place see stuff that make me come up with new artwork, I always keep myself in another magical world in my mind.
What is your dream project?
My Dream project is to make a film, about my monsters like Disney films, but I need a huge budget to make it!
Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
Just keep Creating!