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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What Kept Me Busy? Part 2

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I thought of diving this topic into two posts so that I don’t bombard you with a lot of text. And I know for sure that this series will continue for the next months too.

In last October I joined an online Fashion Course with a duration of 12 weeks. I and the other students were tasked with a weekly challenge with a different topic each week. It was one interesting homework that I truly enjoyed doing. You know when you let your creativity and ideas just flow and take control … yeah, it was such a thing.

My schedule wasn’t too crowded in October so I had more time to spend on the challenges. However, in November it was completely different. Sometimes I just don’t want to remember how busy I was last month. I had to prepare for the DAI festival, and to my luck I had to pay the dentist a couple of visits where he suggested I get rid of my wisdom teeth. And this alone was a big story. Not to mention the emergencies that occur without a prior notice, as well as social gatherings. I also got invited to attend my friend’s book signing session and I had to stay active in social media. I have two different accounts to handle and multiple websites to manage. So imagine how my life was. I certainly don’t want to remember that time of the year.

Let me stop ranting for a bit so I can get back to the main topic of this post.

Breath in, breath out … Here it goes!

I won’t go through the whole theme and process thing but I’ll show you some of my own designs and ideas.

 

 

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Recent Illustrations

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For the past few weeks I was busy getting more illustrations done than before. Fortunately I love designing and illustrating so it’s not stressing me at all, however, when life gets in the way that’s something else though.

I still am doing all of my tasks alone, hence work is slow. But I’m getting used to being that busy so I guess with a bit more time I’ll be done with my main projects and tasks. Since I’ve been working on the design part, I’ll make more time for managing my business.

Anyway, on the good part I’m posting my recent illustrations. I’m really happy with my current abilities and I’m familiarizing myself with more tools regarding painting my designs. I bought way too many art tools which helped me be more creative.

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Inspired by Sasakia Charonda butterfly

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Aside from fashion illustrations, I illustrated patterns inspired by the Ottoman patterns. To be honest, I’m thinking of giving a workshop on how to draw Ottoman patterns. I enjoy designing Ottoman patterns and when I read more about them I couldn’t help but admire that form of art even more. Also, I’ll join an upcoming Exhibition at the end of this month where I’ll showcase my work. I’m super excited! It’s been a long time since I last participated in an exhibition. Below are some of my recent designs and you can definitely watch me on Snapchat where I post the process or Instagram:

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New Designs

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I had a lot going on this year. So the past few months (until now, though) have been a true roller-coaster for me. That’s why I wasn’t too consistent with my designs and I got lost too many times. However, these days I’m setting things right once and for all so there is no returning point and definitely no time for tears.

Although I’m a designer specialized in patterns but when people don’t understand what patterns are and such I get confused to and start questioning myself about my own specialization. I tried changing it more than once but I always get back to it. Deep down I’m positive that this is the right path for me but it’s just that it needs some time before it can take off and I start working on real commissions rather than design personal projects.

I bought three different books that talk about the Ottoman patterns. After attending a course on gold gilding I was determined to learn more about Tezhip and the Ottoman patterns. It’s such a wonderful art that made me see patterns in another angle. Prior to that, my patterns were random and weren’t too attractive but nowadays I’m really happy with the progress I did.

I traveled last month for 10 days so I had to stop my work at that time and then got back to it after I returned. The problem is that when I’m motivated enough to work I hate getting distracted but sometimes things don’t go my way. So I needed a lot of time before I got back to work for real. I’ve been having too many distractions lately that forced me to drop my work and start again with new ideas and schedule. Whereas it would’ve been a lot easier for me to work daily with consistency.

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These days I’ve been working on Ottoman patterns a lot. Although I yet to learn more but I’m really happy with the latest designs I did using the knowledge I had. Once I get even better at designing them, I’m thinking of giving out a basic workshop for anyone interested. I’m really excited for this experience and I can’t wait to start working on it.

Lately I’m so fond of flowers. Since getting into patterns I enjoy illustrating flowers. Even when drawing Ottoman patterns I heavily rely on flowers. Below are sketches for my latest patterns which I yet to paint:

The part that scares me the most when designing Ottoman patterns is painting. I question myself a lot as to what colors to use. The thing is that I’m not into reds and greens so I end up using gold and black with a little of light pink and white. Instead of blue I use turquoise to balance out the whole design. I love this colors combination for it doesn’t leave the design too bright. I yet to experiment with the painting part for I always spend more time on sketching than painting. So I’ll work on painting my designs these days along with drawing new patterns.

Guys let me know what you think about my designs because I’m thinking of doing live sketching/painting in the next couple of weeks.

You can watch the process on Snapchat: Artistakw.

And my instagram: Anwaar.saleh.

Eid 2016

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Yesterday was the first day of Eid!

We usually suffer from a change in our sleeping habit because of Ramadan, so most people sleep during the day and wake up late to start celebrating Eid.

Eid runs for three days. During that time, we usually gather, go out, and celebrate the end of Ramadan and the end of fasting. Those three days are like a prize for fasting a whole month :).

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Unfortunately, I didn’t sleep at night. The good thing is unlike the past years, I had enough time to prepare before leaving my home. We usually gather at our grandparents’ houses and close relatives.

I left home at around 10 am headed towards my grandparents’ (my father’s) house. Luckily there wasn’t any traffic so my drive was smooth. I didn’t stay there for too long for I had to head for my second grandparents’ house (my mother’s side).

And since I could drink coffee, my sister and I headed to the nearest Starbucks. I had a regular latte. We stayed for a short while before returning home. Then we left again to have lunch in a restaurant called ‘Terrace Grill’. My eldest sister and I shared two dishes. Veal chops and grilled chicken with mac and cheese as a side order. The meal was absolutely delicious. From there I went back to my grandparents’ house and later went home to relax for the rest of the day.

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Actually I didn’t relax completely for I still had few things to work on. I wrote a quick to-do list for my snapchat and instagram content. Also, I colored a sketch I finished few days back. I still don’t have confidence in my coloring skills which is why I tend to leave most of my sketches uncolored. This time I illustrated Bella Hadid in her red Versace dress. I did progress a little in coloring the dress but I need to work on the shading and highlights.

 

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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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Drawing Patterns Online Course

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I was going to wait a little bit longer before publishing this post but I couldn’t wait!

For few months I had in mind undergoing a new experience. Which is teaching. I was going to hold an actual teaching course but I didn’t have enough time to prepare. It was two weeks before Ramadan that I finally decided to give it a try. And those two weeks weren’t enough at all. Anyway, I stopped preparations and focused on my daily sketching routine.

I joined Skillshare.com last year and I’ve been keeping an eye for classes related to my brand and specialization. I enrolled in many classes but didn’t finish all of them. I liked how organized the website is and the whole teaching process is made easy. I never thought that teaching online is not that hard!

Which is why …. I’m challenging myself by teaching online in Skillshare!

 

It’s a new experience for me and I definitely am shaky and a little worried. English is not my first language which feels like an obstacle to me. Second, I’m not familiar with the whole teaching thing which makes me indecisive sometimes on the way I should be transmitting certain ideas. Yet, as long as I have the opportunity to try teaching online for the first time ever I will grab this chance and learn from my mistakes later.

So without any further a due, here are the details:

Below is a 1-minute intro to the course:

Title: Drawing Patterns on Fashion Illustrations.

Since my main specialization is patterns I decided to give out this short course on patterns.

 

The duration of this online course is around 16 minutes, and I chose two patterns to illustrate. The first one is lace and the second is golden swirls. Since it’s not a full course I’m illustrating them quickly while explaining how to do so.

I’m publishing the intro video tonight and will begin uploading the rest of the videos the next couple of days. So you access the project here:

https://www.skillshare.com/anwaarsaleh

For more, you can view my instagram and snapchat to learn more about the process and updates:

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In Tokyo

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Two weeks ago I arrived in Tokyo and I’ll be staying two more weeks. Two years ago I went to Japan for the first time in my life but my journey was only 3 weeks. This time it’s a whole month. Luckily I brought my macbook with me to be able to share my experience so far with you. And, I brought my sketchbook and markers with me. Whenever I have a free time I spend it by illustrating and practicing. I still do find lots of flaws in my drawings but if I don’t practice I won’t progress. So I’ll just keep going.

At almost every department I store I went to, I had to check the stationery section. I wasn’t too familiar with the Japanese stationery stores but I knew for sure that I’ll definitely find what I’m looking for.

Aside from copic markers I bought other types of markers which are amazing. I’ll write up another blog post about them to explain them thoroughly and show you the result when painting.

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