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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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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Me at the DAI Festival

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For a month I’ve been preparing for this day.
Starting this month I got such a busy schedule that my whole priorities got messed up!

I was torn between having some time to create new designs and painting them, organizing my business, being present at social media daily, and having little time for myself. Not to mention emergencies and events that occur from time to time. Honestly, November was one hell of a busy month for me!

I know I was absent for a long time but I’ll try to stick to my original plan which was to post weekly blog post. I don’t think my circumstances will be as bad as this month yet I’ll plan everything and stick to my schedule.

Back to the festival …

The festival was organized by DAI (Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah ) and it took place on November 25th. I wasn’t fully prepared for it but I showed up with all the work I could get on my table. In my next blog post I’ll explain to you why I had such a short time to prepare for this, though.


Anyway, but since I already registered and reserved my own table it would’ve been professional of me not to show up, right? Within 4-5 days I finally got to finish printing  and preparing my work. Usually I spend more time designing, printing, and thinking about displaying my products and setting up my table but yesterday I didn’t have enough time to do so.  Last time I joined an exhibition was 3 years ago and things changed since then. Especially that it’s my first time joining other artists who share the same profession as I do. So my expectations on who’ll attend and what they’ll display were high. And that alone made me extremely nervous. But then again, I was able to get everything done on time and had a great time there.



The event went from 2pm until – 9pm and I stayed from 12pm – 8 pm. I was expecting an official event start and TV recording and such but there weren’t any. To me it made me feel less nervous and I ended up enjoying my time instead of thinking about being too professional for the camera, lol.

The weather in Kuwait is starting to get cold, so I had to wear closed-toe heels and knitted jacket. They kept me warm enough until the time I left.


What I displayed were some hand-paintings, digital canvases and wall art, mugs, coasters, and some stationery items. The variation was there but I didn’t follow a specific theme which perhaps looks confusing enough for people not to know what those products represent. That made me think of printing new designs these days and storing them until an event comes up so there’ll be enough time for me to think about the theme, display and such.

All in all I always learn new things whenever I attend on participate at any event. You get to meet new people and socialize with them. And to be honest I overcame the fear of talking to people especially those who are older than I am. It’s an amazing thing to get complimented for your work, collaborate with others and showing the world your skills. There’s no point in sitting at home waiting for opportunities. Seek them for them to find you.

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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.

Inspired by Sasakia Charonda butterfly


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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Karolina Kurkova at Met Gala 2016

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I drew an illustration of Karolina few days ago in my sketchbook and decided to paint it yesterday. For the past few weeks I was too busy to sit down for an hour or so and paint my sketches. I ended up having too many WIP sketches and drawings on my desk!

This time I decided to record the process of painting my illustration. Too bad I didn’t record the previous one but I think I’ll be recording most of my upcoming paintings and illustrations. It’s better to get people to see my way of painting and illustrating. So whenever I have free time I’ll keep recording and showing the process more whether it’s on YouTube, instagram, or snapchat. Now, even Instagram has a story where you can record short videos. It’s hard to record everything on all social platforms which is why I’ll choose where to record my process before starting with it. I’m also thinking of doing live stream on Facebook and Periscope. I remember recording myself once on Periscope so it was easy to handle.

Still I didn’t decide exactly when I’ll do it, but I’ll do a Q&A session soon. It’ll be between 30 minutes to an hour. It all depends on the engagement I’ll get.

Aside from that, I’ll paint my old sketches and perhaps I’ll redraw and paint some of the looks I illustrated in the past few months. Whenever I compare my old and new illustrations I get amazed by the progress I did in few months only. Which makes believe that nothing’s completely impossible.

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