Who am I?

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I meant to write this post but I traveled for ten days and got back yesterday. I didn’t have enough time for I had to pack my belongings and at the last minute, I decided to take photos of me in a studio. This was all a day before my departure and luckily my photos were out the same day.

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Photo by Memoire Studio(Kuwait)

I’m dedicating this post purely about me personally and will talk briefly about my brand. I already posted a blog post earlier in my brand’s blog here: http://a-artista.com/blog/. You can read it and get an insight about ‘Artista’. However, I’ll talk about me being the founder of my own business.

My name is Anwaar Saleh Al-Asousi and I was born and raised in Kuwait. I’ve always been a dreamer and I highly believed that most of my dreams will come true one day. By now I accomplished some of my dreams and I’m waiting to accomplish the rest of them.

Maybe you wonder why I always type in English rather than Arabic. Although my native language is Arabic but since I was a kid I loved English. My readings and most of the TV shows I used to watch were English. The moment I learned how to read, I grabbed English stories and read them. At school, my favorite subject was English and although I wasn’t much of a speaker but I my English vocabulary was excellent for kids my age. I remember that we used to have a morning assembly that gathered all students, teachers, and principles. Whenever the English teachers contributed to the daily assembly program, my teacher always chose me for public speaking in front of the whole school. Although I was shy by nature, but that was one thing I loved to do.

Before that public speaking, my teach used to call me during recess and asked me to copy what she prepared for me to say. From the excitement, I used to memorize the whole thing. There was a time when I forgot my public speaking paper. but since I memorized every text the teacher prepared for me, so I recited the whole thing without holding a paper or a card.

Growing, I studied first at the Kuwait University for 3 years before switching universities. I then got enrolled at the American University of Kuwait. There I got to use my English a lot specially when it came to speaking. Since I’ve been using English even more than ever. Right now, conversations, words and thoughts are English by default. Even the notes I take are all in English. These days I do not speak English that much unless I’m talking to an English speaker but my writings are mostly in English.

Hobbies and Interests

My most favorite hobby is reading. This is the oldest hobby I practiced as a kid until today. Even at days when I get too busy, I try to read an article or a short story as to not abandon this hobby of mine.

There was a time when I was too addicted to reading. I used to finish reading a novel in a week and immediately start with another one. Anywhere I travel I purchase a bunch of novels and fill up my book case with more books. Right now I have tons of to-read books and I don’t have the time to finish reading them these days.

Later I got into crafts and art. Since I loved coloring I used to visit ‘Crayola’s’ website and print out these coloring pages. Back then I wasn’t too good at drawing so I printed premade drawings and colored them. Now, I reached a point where I can draw and post my drawings for others to color. Ironic, isn’t it?

Years later I was introduced to graphic design from a forum called ‘Soompi’. And the last hobby I gained was writing. The funny thing is that I used to hate writing. My least favorite thing to do in the world was writing. I wasn’t good at expressing myself and thoughts which is the main reason behind my hatred. But from writing essays, articles and such I came to love writing. It’s the one thing that helps me express myself better than anything else to the extent that I wrote poems and anthologies.

In 2011 I finished writing a full novel. It’s a fantasy novel that’s filled with action and adventure. I tried publishing it in the past but failed. I contacted several agencies but wasn’t lucky enough. Therefore, I’m waiting until current matters settle before attempting to publish it yet again.

Interests

My main interest is learning languages and one of my dreams is to become fluent in several languages.

In 2006 I started learning Japanese alone. My knowledge in Japanese is good but since I don’t practice it with anyone I started to forget the basic conversation. It’s such a loss but I’m thinking of joining a Japanese course/club and have people to converse with.

Aside from that, I watch Korean dramas a lot which helped me understand the language. I’m not that good in Korean but I’m working on studying it.

The third language that I’d love to become fluent at is Turkish. Again I watched few dramas and loved the language. I understand a little and hope to be able to learn it in the future.

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Aside from languages, I got interested in fashion illustrations lately. You can view them in this blog of mine and instagram.

Business

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Artista, graphic design studio

In February 2012 I was able to establish my own business. It was a daring move for I wasn’t born in a family of entrepreneurs and business owners. So I paved and still am paving my own way. And although I didn’t have the experience to handle a whole business myself I got to learn that as the years passed by. It wasn’t easy but it’s definitely no impossible either. I used to pressure myself a lot to gain customers but these days I’m working at my own pace.

I try to take care of my photograph skills and shoot images with good angle and lightening. I then edit them if needed using Photoshop. But everything in my brand is handled by me personally at the moment including designing too.

These days I’m focusing on creating full patterns and they’ll be posted in my website soon. I’ll also change the look of my website to showcase more work and edit my portfolio section. So there’s a lot of work awaiting me.

You can watch my latest painting process video on Artista’s YouTube channel:

For more information you can watch me on instagram and snapchat and to watch my painting process.

 

Instagram: Anwaar.saleh

Snapchat: Artistakw.

Karolina Kurkova at Met Gala 2016

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I drew an illustration of Karolina few days ago in my sketchbook and decided to paint it yesterday. For the past few weeks I was too busy to sit down for an hour or so and paint my sketches. I ended up having too many WIP sketches and drawings on my desk!

This time I decided to record the process of painting my illustration. Too bad I didn’t record the previous one but I think I’ll be recording most of my upcoming paintings and illustrations. It’s better to get people to see my way of painting and illustrating. So whenever I have free time I’ll keep recording and showing the process more whether it’s on YouTube, instagram, or snapchat. Now, even Instagram has a story where you can record short videos. It’s hard to record everything on all social platforms which is why I’ll choose where to record my process before starting with it. I’m also thinking of doing live stream on Facebook and Periscope. I remember recording myself once on Periscope so it was easy to handle.

Still I didn’t decide exactly when I’ll do it, but I’ll do a Q&A session soon. It’ll be between 30 minutes to an hour. It all depends on the engagement I’ll get.

Aside from that, I’ll paint my old sketches and perhaps I’ll redraw and paint some of the looks I illustrated in the past few months. Whenever I compare my old and new illustrations I get amazed by the progress I did in few months only. Which makes believe that nothing’s completely impossible.

You can watch the video on my YouTube channel:

 

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