Men Are From Mars and Women Are From Venus

I’m writing a different post this time. Not because I don’t have new designs or sketches to share with you, on the contrary, I have a lot more to post and share. However, it’s been a while since I wanted to share something different, more valuable than just post my paintings and the paints I used to paint them.

I used to read since I first learned how to read. English is not my native language, but the more books I read, the more I loved the this language. But up until few years ago, most of what I read were novels and short stories. My favorite genre has always been fantasy and thriller so you can find different fantasy novels on my shelf.

Few years ago, since establishing my own business, I decided to read more nonfiction books. At first, I found them a little bit hard to read since they were realistic more than the novels I read (obviously) but little by little I began to favor nonfiction books.

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Whenever I visit a bookstore, I check out the nonfiction books section then move on to the novels to see what’s new. More importantly, I’m writing this blog post to write about a particular book that I read and found it really useful. It’s called ‘Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus’ by John Gray. Perhaps I’m the last person to read it but still reading it late is better than never. I saw it million times before and attempted few attempts at reading it but since it was nonfiction I didn’t know how valuable it was until I finally decided to read it last year. And the other reason was that I thought that as long as I was single it wasn’t necessary to read it until I get engaged at least, lol. But I was completely wrong. We’re living in a society so knowing how to deal with men has nothing to do with being single or married.

It was one of the lightest and fun books that I read in a while. I don’t remember exactly how many days it took me but I was determined to finish reading it as fast as possible. And as soon as I finished reading it, I started realizing why men behaved the way the did. I practiced it silently few times to find that the tips and explanations that John Gray mentioned were on point. I started noticing and understood men behavior more than I ever did. And from this book, I decided to read similar books especially the ones related to relationships and the like.

I don’t have much experience in dealing with men in general but I did deal with them since university days. But still, I don’t have to deal with strange men to understand the book or apply the tips he mentioned. We all are part of a family, so we have fathers and brothers. That’s where you start practicing before dealing with other men. That’s what I believe.

Throughout the years, shyness always got the best of me. That’s the one trait that I couldn’t and can’t get over completely and it’s fine, but if it subsides a bit, I believe I have more opportunities to express myself naturally. It’s true that I’m not as shy as I used to, but what stops me from dealing with men in general is not knowing how to exactly start a conversation with them. You know when you’re stuck not knowing whether what you’ll say is all right or not, that’s what I feel whenever I’m having a conversation. Also, I consulate get stuck in the middle of the conversation not knowing what else to say or ask. Sometimes, you say things spontaneously but the person in front of you misunderstand or misinterpret what you’re trying to say. So for years I became extra careful as to what to say and whom to speak to. There were a lot of times when I remained silent hiding most of my thoughts and what I wanted to say so that no one misinterpret me. However, what I realized was it wasn’t wrong to express yourself, and it wasn’t wrong to say what you have in mind, rather, the wrong thing is to remain silent for this will create a bigger misunderstanding.

Being careful is a must but also being a little bit spontaneous and natural is a plus. John Gray opened up my mind to learn more about relationships in general as well as the art of conversation. Those things that I needed to read about years ago but I always thought that it wasn’t that important to dive into such books. I always thought that we all know how to socialize with others without the help of such books but I was completely wrong. We go through different experiences and encounter people every single day. You won’t get the answers you need unless you dive into the essence of your problem (whatever problem you have). If you have problems in relationships for instance, try reading these helpful books or reach out to a specialized person rather than complaint about it to others all the time. When you deal with your problems this way, you will get over them faster I believe because you focused your energy on solving your problem than complaining to friends and others and at the end of the day you find yourself drained out of energy. Cry and mourn, it’s not wrong but get up on your feet and see where’s the fault and start solving your problem.

If you haven’t read the book I do recommend it for you guys. It’ll show you some of the aspects you’re missing in your relationship. You’ll understand more why your man is acting the way he does enough that you almost won’t get frustrated all the time.

 

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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:

 

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Pink dress designed by Malyarovaolga

 

 

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Zendaya at Met Gala 2017

 

 

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Marchesa resort 2018.

 

 

 

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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.

 

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Gemini Inspired Fashion Illustration

 

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Cancer Inspired Fashion Illustration using acrylics

 

Did you notice the difference?

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Face Painting with Patterns

So … I’m out of country and that’s the main reason for the lack of updates. I really was planning on writing a different post but it’ll take longer to finish. That’s why I decided to update my blog wit this post instead.

For the past few months I experimented painting on different mediums. That includes paper cups, mugs, and my face! Because of the past few trips I wasn’t able to record a lot of videos, but I’m planning on shooting a new one with me painting my face.

Since it’s all for fun and to both experiment and develop my art skills I used cosmetics to paint patterns on my face. Some of the products I used aren’t pigmented enough for the kind of patterns I drew and the artistic effects I wanted to apply on my face.

Here are my latest attempts with the products I used:

I entered MAC’s competition with this image <3.

The one below is digitally designed using Adobe Photoshop:
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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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Improvement

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I draw daily, which is why I don’t always notice any progress I make.

When I first started fashion illustrating, I was on the verge of giving up. I didn’t have my own style at that time and didn’t know where to begin.

But one day I got the chance to look at some of my old drawings and I was beyond shocked. I never knew that I progressed that much already! That gave me a boost to continue.

I took photos of some illustrations I drew last February:

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As you can see, my drawings lack lots of details. That, and the size is much smaller than the ones I draw now! I don’t know why I used to sketch them this small, lol. Perhaps one of the reasons is that the sketchbook I was using is small to begin with.

Gradually, I started progressing. I drew almost every single day just to improve. And instead of the small sketchbook I used, I started purchasing bigger ones to help me draw in a large scale. I mean if I want to sell a print customers wouldn’t want to see a tiny drawn model, lol.

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As for the materials, I mainly use copics. I have a set of 72 ciao copics + few sketch + few classic markers. Sadly, I still don’t have all shades but I can certainly work with the current shades I have. As for pencils, I love mechanical pencils. They’re clean and you can refill it easily. Especially when sketching, I love using it because it keeps your sketch clean.

For brushes, I use regular ones from any Stationery or crafts store.

Below is my collection of acrylics and gouache paints.

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Before ending this post, do not forget to sign up for my new class on how to draw patterns on fashion illustrations: http://skl.sh/1sM20yL. The free enrollment links will expire on June 30th. So if you want to register for free here is the link: http://skl.sh/28Js5cG.

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Fashion Illustrations

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Although it wasn’t planned but I find myself drawing fashion illustrations daily. I first started this kind of illustration last year but at the beginning I used to illustrate my outfits. Then I moved to illustrating fashion and haute couture dresses. I’m having tons of fun searching for inspiration and drawing.

I’ll bombard you with my illustrations ^_^

I have more in my instagram account: anwaar.saleh

Also, I do illustrate live sometimes in snapchat using my brand’s account: Artistakw

If you have any request or inquiry email me at: anwaar.sa87(at)gmail(dot)com

GITEX 2015

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Last week, I participated at the GITEX 2015 exhibition was held at Dubai which was my very first time!

I heard about this exhibition from my father before but never had the chance to visit it until recently. It was such a great opportunity to be present and look at the different companies who participated there as well. Although the halls were spacious but they were crowded with both visitors and exhibitors. Gitexgitex

I participated in an exhibition in Kuwait before but this was a new experience to me. When you attend an exhibition outside your country it creates a different experience. You get to meet foreigners and helps you seek job/collaboration opportunities.

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I went to GITEX with my family to represent my small business ‘Artista’. I serve as both the CEO and designer of the company. Having to manage and design is such a difficult task! But the good thing about all of this is that I get to work on something I truly love. That makes every effort and time spent worth it to me.

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