Coin-Sized Illustrations of the UAE from Mariam Abbas

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She’s the busy mother of three boys, but Mariam Abbas (@mariamabbas_) makes time to draw — on her terms. “Detail takes a very long time, so I do miniature drawings,” the 32-year-old illustrator says. Armed with razor-sharp pencils, Mariam spends small pockets of time (adding up to a total of eight to 12 hours!) on her coin-sized illustrations inspired by the United Arab Emirates. “You don’t see much of the old in Dubai anymore,” Mariam says. In a city known for being ultramodern, many of Mariam’s drawings are a nod to a cherished heritage.