The Magnificent Suleymania Cami

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May 9th, 2017

It was a coincident, but a beautiful one.

While I was searching for the old books in the Grand Bazaar of Turkey, I visited the Suleymania Cami for the first time ever. It was a bit far from the Misri Bazaar that my parents and I were walking in but it was worth the visit.

I was always curious as to where the Magnificent Suleyman was buried and I saw it with my own eyes today.

The structure of the Cami (Masjid) was truly magnificent. Not only because of its size, but even the design and number of domes. It was so spacious on the inside as it is on the outside. We were fortunate enough to walk around the place with a beautiful breezy weather.

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Within the Cami/Masjid was located Sultan Suleyman’s tomb. He was a great leader with great history full of achievements. Next to his tomb were Mihrima Sultan his daughter, Suleiman II and his brother Ahmed, Dilaşub Saliha Sultan, and Ayşe Sultan.

Since Hurrem Sultan (Sultan Suleyman’s wife) died before him, she wasn’t buried next to his tomb. Yet, they were all buried at the same Cami.

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I’ve always been fascinated by the Ottoman Empire’s history and I read a lot about it. So watching the Sarays (Palaces) they ruled from, their tombs, and everything related to their history feels truly wonderful.

Note: I did cover up the whole journey in my Snapchat: Artistakw. You can watch the story before it disappears. Else, you lost a great chance to watch this beautiful Cami.

Here are some photos:

 

This was a quick post for you guys to have time to look at more photos in my Snapchat account. But you can also wait for a better coverup of this story in a future blog post.

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Over a Month

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I can’t believe it’s been over a month since I last posted a blog post!

A lot have been going around and my whole schedule got ruined almost every day. I was planning for a new online course but had to abandon the idea for the time being. I still am running around to get some errands done as well as work for my brand. I think it’s time for me to partner with others to help sustain the company else I’ll run out of energy, hehe.

Anyway, I’m still creating daily content for my social media accounts (personal and my brands: Artistakw) which kept me busy few hours of the day. Then comes the planning for how to spend the rest of the day.

Since January I had a restless schedule full of work and meetings. I’d love to discuss the details but I still think it’s too early for me to do that. All I can say is that I’m starting a new idea for a project with partners this time.

During that time I explored different coffee shops in Kuwait. I created a short list of the coffee shops I tried:

 

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@Cafcafe: Located in Crystal Tower, Sharq

 

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@Pick Yo: They have several branches but the one I went to is located in Lily Center, Shuwaikh.

 

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Located in Crown Plaza, Farwaniya

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@VOL1: Located in Sharq, Kuwait

 

 

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30 digital illustrations for Instagram

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Last month I decided to challenge myself on Instagram. Being a graphic designer I thought of designing new illustrations or designs for my social media platforms. After thinking about it I came up with a simple idea of uploading a character design daily for a whole month. It’s both a practice and an engaging process of letting people question whom I’ll post next. For me, I truly enjoyed the process of designing those digital illustrations and happy to see how skilled I am at creating textures, backgrounds, and effects.

I’m posting some of the digital illustrations I designed but you can see the rest in my brand Instagram: @Artistakw.

And here is the process video which you can find in my brand’s Youtube channel:

 

Artista Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNPYdpk8E155OY3-yX04jOA

Don’t forget to leave a comment or like the video if you enjoyed watching the design process ;).

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Caught Up

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This post is a little different from my previous ones. I won’t post my illustrations but rather I’ll rant just a little about life and such.

After graduating from University I founded my own small business (graphic design studio). But I worked full-time starting from 2013 onward. Since 2013 I didn’t take a real rest where I could leave behind my responsibilities a little. I worked alone without even having an assistant which is constantly wearing me out. Yet, since I love my work I’m ready to handle everything myself as I always do.

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For the longest time I almost create new designs daily. I worry a lot about my daily content especially on Instagram and Snapchat. Hearing constantly about having certain vision, theme, or look for your brand on social media made me overthink which forced me to create random stuff here and there. I’m a designer and I struggle with showing customers/people the kind of designing services I provide in my brand. I get asked a lot about my profession by individuals. The more I answer the more they ask hence I get even more confused about the kind of business I run.

For not less than 3 years I joined multiple online courses for Entrepreneurs which I learned a lot from. Yet, I still get confused on what to show and what to focus on. Working on everything from scratch is not easy at all. And having to do everything alone is another story. But given my circumstances, and the kind of network I built throughout the years, this is what I can give.

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I’m taking it easy these days to focus on my upcoming projects and content. I don’t want to post random stuff here and there just for the sake of being active. One of the recent thoughts I had was to delete most of the old images I have on my Instagram feed but it’ll take days to get them all deleted. And that’s a waste of time. Instead, I’ll work on new content then start deleting any irrelevant content. I think this is a better choice. Also, instead of designing a small drawing of a leaf or a flower, I’ll draw a large scale painting and designs. But all of this will take a little bit more effort from my side which is fine. It’s my job in the end. So I’ll make sure I do a great work and put more effort on my work.

Along the way, I met new people. Some became friends and others acquaintances on social media. Sometimes I wonder why I encountered those people but I know for sure that it’s not a mere coincidence. Especially for those who reach out to you first and be the supportive people that you wish to have more of. I still find it a little bit strange especially the fact that I still don’t have the kind of exposure that lets people easily find me. Nowadays with my fashion illustrations I’m gaining too many followers but few years ago, I was struggling a lot. So for certain people to find me was shocking but amazing at the same time. It’s a great feeling to have people admiring your work and getting inspired by it.

One more thing I’m thinking of doing is a new online course on patterns. What do you think? I really am interested in knowing which do you love more. Are they my fashion illustrations or patterns?

It’s been a long time since I sat and worked on a real good pattern design. So I’ll make time during the day to practice my specialty.

Having said all of that, I’m really thankful for everyone who supported me since the first day I started all of this. I’m thankful for the advises and mentoring I received from professionals. I’m thankful for those of you who followed, read and liked my blog posts. I just want you to know that I read your comments all the time and I try my best to respond to them.

Thank you all so much and I wish you a happy and prosperous life!

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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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Applications

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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.

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

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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:

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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.

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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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