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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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.


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:


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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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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I can’t believe it!

I had a lot going on this year that I seem to forget about my blog!!

Although I’m active on social media but I don’t know why I’ve been posting less in my blog during the past few months. I’m constantly trying to balance between life, and work but I can’t seem to find that balance yet. Every once in a while I’m introduced to new experiences, meeting new people, and advancing in my own business especially through developing my artistic and designing skills. Lately, I’ve been experiencing constant changes a lot. And you know how much time it takes for you to adapt to the new changes only to be introduced to yet new changes. But the good thing is that I got back to reading books like I used to but this time I’m reading new genre which is Self-Improvments books.

I feel that at this point in life, I truly need to read such books. They help regain our balance from time to time. Sometimes, we’re just busy with life and such that we forget about tiny things that affect our lives. Getting caught up while running my own business makes me really want to reflect back to my life and evaluate the life I’m living right now. Did I achieve my goals? Do I need to change my goals? Am I happy with the life I’m living?

When we’re a little bit down we become pessimistic. That’s why at such time we only reflect on the bad experiences we encountered, negligence, or even the things or people we lost. But believe me, if you put those thoughts aside and think positively on how to change your life to a happy and healthy life, these pessimistic thoughts and memories soon vanish.

If you watch me on Snapchat or Instagram I always post the books I’m reading and sometimes I review them. But here I’ll post the book(s) I’m reading as well as a couple of other books that I want to read:

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey (currently reading)
  • Money: Master the Game by Tony Robbins (currently reading)
  • True Happiness by Dr. Mark Atkinson (read)
  • The life-changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Konda (currently reading)
  • Spark Joy by Marie Konda (to-read)
  • How to Get What You Want and Want What You Have by John Gray (to-read)
  • Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus by John Gray (currently reading)

I will try to review each book in upcoming blog posts and perhaps even capture few pages from the books. And just like how I am alway inspired by people around me, I want to inspire you too and help you find your happiness.

Since I wrote a lot in this blog post, I will post my newest designs and illustrations in a later post. Meanwhile, you can follow me on Instagram and Snapchat to know more about my daily activities.

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Painting Hatayi Motifs 2


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Last week I finished recording the last video from painting my Hatai motifs. I used different materials to show you the difference in each one of the painted flowers. You can’t tell the difference until all the paint dried for sometimes when painting with pigments, the paint seems pale a little but when it dries you see it shimmering wonderfully!

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Also, there are types of pigments which I’ll talk about in one of my Youtube videos soon.

For the third motif I used the following materials:
+ Giotto brush n.4
+ Solo Goya gold acrylic
+ Gold pearl pigment ( 鳩居堂:KYUKYODO ) // You can substitute this with any other gold pigment from another brand.
+ Brilliant gold pearl pigment ( Jacquard Pearl EX Products )
+ Winsor and Newton mini watercolors palette
+ Liquid Arabic Gum
+ Auto eraser

And this is the painting process video:

As for the last video here are the materials used:
– Liquid Arabic Gum
– Solo Goya gold paint
– Japanese gold pearl pigment
– Plakkaatverf light gold 802
– Winsor and Newton mini watercolor palette

And this is the video:

Stay tuned for more videos!

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Islamic Patterns & Tezhib

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Beginning 2015 I joined Turkish illumination/gilding course with my wonderful teacher Dilara Yarci. It simply means painting with gold. This requires special gold ink and technique to paint old Ottoman motifs. The complication of the process lies in drawing the motifs first, then at painting them. And one of the rules of illumination is to paint the full pattern with gold first then apply colors to it.

When I first started drawing patterns I discovered a way to draw corner patterns myself. From there it was easy to map the way I want to draw my simple patterns. So when I got into the Ottoman motifs I had a slight idea on the shapes but it wasn’t easy.

From there on, I bought several books to educate myself on how to draw Ottoman motifs. It was so challenging to learn everything myself but after years from reading, drawing, and watching other motif designers I began to know the technique behind drawing a full Ottoman motif.

Visiting Turkey helps with the learning process too! Visiting Camii’s (Masjids) with all of their beautiful patterns and decorations really inspire designers a lot.

In my last visit to Turkey I got to see yet new places and visit new Camiis. It was such a wonderful and amazing trip. Also, I managed to buy the most important tezhib/gilding tool which is the Muhre. This tool is used to brighten the gold letting it shine. And while I was looking at the other art tools in the store ( It’s called Guven Sanat: ) I saw small watercolor palette that most artists and motif designers are using all over the Instagram. It’s really helpful to carry such a set with you anywhere even when traveling. At this point, I can’t seem to leave without my sketchbooks and markers.

Instead of leaving all of my materials behind I’d rather bring small sketchbook, markers, and this new small set of watercolors with me.

I’m posting photos of my pattern designs below. And if you have any question do not hesitate to shoot me an email at any time:


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:


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

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