From Graphics to Fashion and Jewelry Designer

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Today’s blog post is more interesting this time. For a while I was constantly thinking about publishing this post but wanted to focus more on the content and make sure everything is as planned. So here it is and enjoy reading.

Designed apparel

Since late 2016 I decided to design my own clothes. The idea was there but I didn’t feel I was ready to start producing my own designed clothes! A lot of questions popped up in my mind like ‘what kind of fabric will I use?’ ‘Will this design really work?’ … etc. But when I took the first step I found it to be easier than I thought before. The first step can always be the hardest but it’s worth it in the end.

Being precise in exactly what I wanted to design makes everything easier than adding too little details. In the past, I used to draw a first sketch and leave the drawing as it was. With time, I learned to add as many details and notes to make the whole drawing pop up more.

Baby Pink

My very first designed clothes was a baby pink jacket with a belt. Since the fabric is thick it’s suitable for fall/winter. Kuwait’s weather is hot so wearing it even in Spring is not a very good idea.

Patterned Short Dress

Last year I partnered with a new brand called ‘Estilo’. Estilo is a textile design company that is specialized in designing patterns and producing fabrics (premade and customized). So what I did was that I designed this short dress using one of Estilo’s fabric which turned beautiful.

Maroon Dress


This dress is a little bit different. It was designed similar to the patterned short dress you saw above but with twists, different fabric, and different hem.

Wide Black Pants ( Skirt Pant )


Rather than designing the regular stick pants I wanted to go with a wide legged pants instead. Since I’m petit I don’t always find suitable wide pants for me so I decided to produce my own for my size. It looks amazing and suits my body a lot.

Designed Jewelry


The other category I worked on the past months was jewelry design. This is all part of opening my mind to new opportunities. Designing jewelry differs from designing clothes or merely sketching a light sketch. Producing jewelry is a little bit complicated and you have to be as precise when drawing the necklace or ring you want to produce.

Since this is a personal project, I decided to produce my own name. Whenever I wear it I feel that it gives a special vibe to me.

If you would like to custom-order a necklace or a dress kindly contact me:

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Copic Markers and Acrylics in Fashion Illustrations

I used to paint my illustrations with comic markers (especially when I first knew about them) before using acrylics and watercolors. Whenever I explore a new painting technique or new paint/marker, I notice how the final result for my illustrations change as a result.

Since I used to daily draw and paint, I don’t always notice the changes in my illustrating style. However, when I finish painting I always get amazed by how I improved. Also, I noticed how different the feeling of each illustration is when using copies vs using acrylics and watercolors. If you paint a lot, you noticed which is painted with copics and which was painted with acrylics. I’ll post my recent illustrations which you can look at and compare the results:


Pink dress designed by Malyarovaolga



fashion illustration
Zendaya at Met Gala 2017



Marchesa resort 2018.




Marchesa resort 2018


Those were my recent illustrations where you can view them on my Instagram account: @Anwaar.saleh. Also, whenever I draw a new fashion illustration, I usually cover up the whole painting process on Snapchat: Artistakw.

Below are few illustrations using acrylics.


Gemini Inspired Fashion Illustration


Cancer Inspired Fashion Illustration using acrylics


Did you notice the difference?

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Fashion Illustration with Copic Markers

It’s been a while since I used copic markers for my fashion drawings. I was so fascinated by the metallic and pearl pigments which made me divert to acrylics and watercolors. But yesterday, as I looked at my fashion drawing of Demi Lovato at the VMAs wearing Zuhair Murad’s black lace bodysuit, I thought why not paint it with copies this time? And that was basically it. I loved my painting in this particular drawing which made me think of recording a new video for my Youtube channel. I was abroad in the past two weeks which explains the lack of videos and tutorials. But since I’m back, I’ll try to post as many as I can. I also decided to give a short one-day workshop to teach people how to draw fashion illustrations (I really hope it goes as planned this time, though).


So, I used a lot of markers to add more details on this illustration. I published this post to show you my way of painting and mention the exact markers I used. By the way I usually record the painting process on Snapchat: Artistakw. You can follow and watch the stories before they disappear.

Basically I start with a pencil drawing. The more details I draw the better when painting and coloring. Because it’ll show you exactly where to add darker and lighter shades.

Colorless Blender 0
Pearl White E41
Salmon Pink RV42
Warm Gray No.00 W00
Cool Gray No.9 C9
Barley Beige E11
Baby Skin Pink E21
Light Orange YR02
Dark Brown E47
Black Bullet Nibb PITT artist pen 1,5 from Faber-Castell
Grey Cold Grey VI PITT artist pen B from Faber-Castell
Cold Grey III PITT artist pen B from Faber-Castell
Patio Fineliner 0,4mm light brown
Staedtler brown fineliner
White Gelly Roll marker


I used almost 4 markers for the skin while the rest are for the bodysuit and hair. The finaliners are normally used to outline the illustration and for drawing small details. IN my previous illustrations I used less markers but sometimes I use acrylics to add more details and give my illustrations that metallic and pearly effect ( which is my favorite btw 😀 ).

You don’t have to use the exact same markers I used for there are different colors and shades you can use for your illustrations. You just need to know which tones work well when painting. And if you have any question about the process or the markers please leave a comment or email me with your inquiry.



Art Commission

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I’m doing a special art commission offer before the end of Ramadan where I’ll draw your outfit and as an optional choice I can even illustrate a light background like my latest fashion illustrations. If you wish to know more about the price, send me an email and we can discuss the details through it: anwaar(dot)a87(at)gmail(dot)com.

Below are some of my latest fashion illustrations where I illustrated Ramadan Kaftans and other fashion drawings from Met Gala and Cannes Film Festival 2017:

I constantly show the painting process for all of my designs on Snapchat: Artistakw. This is both my brand’s and my personal Snapchat account so you can follow me to watch more painting processes and tutorials in the future. Also, there are a couple of other images especially for the brown Kaftan illustration which you can see on Instagram.

If you have any further question(s), request, or wish to learn how-to illustrate a fashion illustration send me an email at any time. I already posted my email address above the images.


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New Painting Space

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I worked on arranging my small art studio last month. I love my new painting space that I can’t wait to record myself painting live!

It did make a difference and a positive change to me these days. I never thought that it could boost my energy that much. When I recorded myself in the past and when I actually paint or draw, my art table was full of paints and art tools that I didn’t have much space to paint on. It was such a mess that I couldn’t record myself. But now it’s totally different and I’m loving my new organized space.

I went to IKEA last month and bought many storage boxes. I bought acrylic and paper boxes and luckily they were enough to store my tools and paints. I still need to work more on my room but I’m loving how organized it looks at the moment. As long as I have a good space to record myself with, that’s all that matters.

Even the angles I shoot from are different and I’m loving my new photo-shoot trend. I still think that I need to work on the lightening, though. Yet, the colors still look vibrant and preppy which gives a lovely feeling of an art studio.

For this blog post I’m posting some of my latest photos which you can find in my Instagram: @anwaar.saleh.


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I constantly shop around for art tools. Sometimes I even visit any kids corner to see the kind of markers and art tools they provide. Once anything catches my eye I either buy or search more about it. I’m so fascinated by the 3d gel markers and glitters lately. So any bling bling ends up in my shopping bag immediately ;).

Remember I posted about the new art tools I bought? I’m dedicating this post to show you I applied them in my illustrations.

Lately I have this idea of illustrating a detailed Kimono stuck in my mind. I remembered Hamasaki Ayumi’s Ivy performance in her CDL15-16 and immediately got inspired by it. I didn’t waste a lot of time in sketching and thinking of the details. Instead I drew and painted the whole illustration few days ago. Certainly, I cannot paint without having at least a touch of Jacquard’s pearl pigments. I love the pearly and glittery effect they give my illustrations. Instead of having just solid colors blended together I always add either a pearly of metallic tough to my artwork.


This is another recent illustration of mine using Jacquard’s pearl pigments too.


In the above fashion illustration I used one of the latest purchased acrylics from Pebeo. I love this shade of purple. Actually I created a process video for drawing and painting this one in particular which you can watch in my YouTube channel:

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Cosmetics Winner!

Happy New Year everyone! ❤

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It’s my first time winning something in my life, lol. I was surprised to get mentioned by a blogger choosing me to receive a gift from Bourjois. It was super exciting! With social media nowadays, it’s much easier for you to connect with others and meet new people. So I always look forward to meet others in real life.

What I received from Bourjois is shown in the photo below:


When running errands I use the Velvet Matt Lipstick (#04 Peach Club) with contouring lip liner from Rimmel (#050 Tiramisu) which is a perfect combination I got to say. Sometimes I add another lip liner with a darker shade to give the lipstick a nice touch but it’s not necessary. I yet to try the other products, though. I already have a bunch of liners both colored and black so this has to wait a bit, lol.

Along with the cosmetics that I received, I went to an art store and bought new paints :D.


As usual … I constantly forget to buy a skin tone paint!

When I start drawing any fashion illustration, that’s when I remember that I need to start using skin tone paints. I don’t always like using different mediums on a single illustration. From my older drawings, I noticed that it’s better to draw the whole painting with acrylics then add details using other mediums (gel and copic markers). But if I use acrylics on an outfit then suddenly paint the skin with copics … the result is not as good. When the copic dries it makes the color looks pale. But when I paint with the acrylics, the colors are much brighter.

Along with the new paints, I bought sprays. One of them gives a sunflower effect while the other gives a melted chocolate effect. I tried the first and loved it but the second didn’t give a melted chocolate effect like I expected. I’ll try it one more time on a lighter color and watch the result.


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