Artist Q&A: Rija Qutaibah

Artist Q&A: Rija Qutaibah

July 23, 2018

What inspires your art?

Art to me is all about expression. It has a very personal meaning for me, I always try putting whatever I feel into my art work.

Do you have any trademarks/recurring themes in your art?

Well, I have been told I make subtle, melancholic, gothic style art. I really like making faces and I have started adding distinct line art in my illustrations.

What mediums do you usually work in?

Pen and pencils are my favorite medium.

Where can our customers find you or your work online?
On Behance and Instagram

What was your inspiration/can you describe the design that you did for SUSU?

In the ‘Not for Sale’ design, I wanted to portray how women should have the freedom to be as alluring and attractive as they want without being objectified.

Other than your own, what is your favorite SUSU product?

Well, I love the concept and really like the bags.


ANGRY – Bad internet connection

EXCITED- Gothic art, anime, ice cream

SCARED- Japanese horror

LUCKY- My life


EMPOWERED- Ignoring social judgments

HOPEFUL- Spirituality and art

SAD- Silent nights

STRONG- My brother, sister and heavy metal music always

Freeway or Scenic Route? Freeway

Night out with friends or a quiet night in? Quiet night in

Adventure trip or relaxing vacation? Relaxing vacation

Great job with long hours or Okay job with lots of time off? Great job with long hours

The 1950s, 60s, 70s or 80s? 80s

Are your real life (people you know) role models? 

My thesis teacher.

Are your famous/well-known role models?

Milton Glaser.

Would you like to work with/for in the future?

Pixar, Blizzard.

Inspired you most as a child?

My brother.

Pushes you the hardest?

My brother.

What is your definition of ‘normal’?

Boring and overrated.

We are all about celebrating people’s awesomeness, so what makes you awesome?

My goth boots, piercing, tattoos, and don’t give a shit attitude.

What is a challenge that you face often in your life?

Telling the world it is OK not to do what everyone else does.

What is the best compliment that you have ever received?

I am really cool 🙂

What was the best criticism you ever received?

I need to be patient in life.

What makes your life easier?

Being around loved ones.

What makes your life more difficult?

Meeting people that are superficial.

What is your definition of success?

There are no right answers. The more mistakes you make the more successful you will be.

We are all changing and evolving all the time. How are you in the process of changing?

Well I used to hate change, but now I know it is only part of life. It makes me happy.

If you could interview anyone, whom would you choose?

Anthony Hopkins

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