As a free spirit, Lubna wasn’t aware of her artistic talents until much later in life. One day she was a stay-at-home mom, the next day she learned she had a talent for drawing. Lubna Peerbhai, an illustration artist and photographer, was born in Sultanabad, Karachi, and calls Chicago her home for two decades. Lubna has been interested in writing Urdu fiction since her childhood, and only recently did she decide to further explore her artistic talents.
“My inspirations are not confined to any specific subject, but cartoon characters come alive as I draw,” explains Lubna.
Lubna’s subject matter tends to lean towards the more fun-filled characters. “My art is inspired by my daughter’s preschool storybooks and materials. As I read these bedtime stories to my daughter, I unconsciously took inspiration from the illustrations I observed,” says Lubna.
“I draw when I feel the urge; I feel that time stands still as I draw,” notes Lubna.
Lubna has contributed her art to her daughter’s elementary school’s ‘Authors Visit’ events. In collaboration with the school’s librarian, she has created wall-murals and various sketches to welcome visiting authors to the school. She was also selected to present her drawings at the inaugural regional Jubilee Arts Festival in Chicago.
–Story contribution, Lubna’s son, Imaan Ali (17, High School Jr.).