I’m posting a short painting process video this time. I didn’t like my painting on this one so I decided to cut the recording. But I’ll be back with a better one in the future.
I’m posting a short painting process video this time. I didn’t like my painting on this one so I decided to cut the recording. But I’ll be back with a better one in the future.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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:
I meant to write this post but I traveled for ten days and got back yesterday. I didn’t have enough time for I had to pack my belongings and at the last minute, I decided to take photos of me in a studio. This was all a day before my departure and luckily my photos were out the same day.
I’m dedicating this post purely about me personally and will talk briefly about my brand. I already posted a blog post earlier in my brand’s blog here: http://a-artista.com/blog/. You can read it and get an insight about ‘Artista’. However, I’ll talk about me being the founder of my own business.
My name is Anwaar Saleh Al-Asousi and I was born and raised in Kuwait. I’ve always been a dreamer and I highly believed that most of my dreams will come true one day. By now I accomplished some of my dreams and I’m waiting to accomplish the rest of them.
Maybe you wonder why I always type in English rather than Arabic. Although my native language is Arabic but since I was a kid I loved English. My readings and most of the TV shows I used to watch were English. The moment I learned how to read, I grabbed English stories and read them. At school, my favorite subject was English and although I wasn’t much of a speaker but I my English vocabulary was excellent for kids my age. I remember that we used to have a morning assembly that gathered all students, teachers, and principles. Whenever the English teachers contributed to the daily assembly program, my teacher always chose me for public speaking in front of the whole school. Although I was shy by nature, but that was one thing I loved to do.
Before that public speaking, my teach used to call me during recess and asked me to copy what she prepared for me to say. From the excitement, I used to memorize the whole thing. There was a time when I forgot my public speaking paper. but since I memorized every text the teacher prepared for me, so I recited the whole thing without holding a paper or a card.
Growing, I studied first at the Kuwait University for 3 years before switching universities. I then got enrolled at the American University of Kuwait. There I got to use my English a lot specially when it came to speaking. Since I’ve been using English even more than ever. Right now, conversations, words and thoughts are English by default. Even the notes I take are all in English. These days I do not speak English that much unless I’m talking to an English speaker but my writings are mostly in English.
Hobbies and Interests
My most favorite hobby is reading. This is the oldest hobby I practiced as a kid until today. Even at days when I get too busy, I try to read an article or a short story as to not abandon this hobby of mine.
There was a time when I was too addicted to reading. I used to finish reading a novel in a week and immediately start with another one. Anywhere I travel I purchase a bunch of novels and fill up my book case with more books. Right now I have tons of to-read books and I don’t have the time to finish reading them these days.
Later I got into crafts and art. Since I loved coloring I used to visit ‘Crayola’s’ website and print out these coloring pages. Back then I wasn’t too good at drawing so I printed premade drawings and colored them. Now, I reached a point where I can draw and post my drawings for others to color. Ironic, isn’t it?
Years later I was introduced to graphic design from a forum called ‘Soompi’. And the last hobby I gained was writing. The funny thing is that I used to hate writing. My least favorite thing to do in the world was writing. I wasn’t good at expressing myself and thoughts which is the main reason behind my hatred. But from writing essays, articles and such I came to love writing. It’s the one thing that helps me express myself better than anything else to the extent that I wrote poems and anthologies.
In 2011 I finished writing a full novel. It’s a fantasy novel that’s filled with action and adventure. I tried publishing it in the past but failed. I contacted several agencies but wasn’t lucky enough. Therefore, I’m waiting until current matters settle before attempting to publish it yet again.
My main interest is learning languages and one of my dreams is to become fluent in several languages.
In 2006 I started learning Japanese alone. My knowledge in Japanese is good but since I don’t practice it with anyone I started to forget the basic conversation. It’s such a loss but I’m thinking of joining a Japanese course/club and have people to converse with.
Aside from that, I watch Korean dramas a lot which helped me understand the language. I’m not that good in Korean but I’m working on studying it.
The third language that I’d love to become fluent at is Turkish. Again I watched few dramas and loved the language. I understand a little and hope to be able to learn it in the future.
Aside from languages, I got interested in fashion illustrations lately. You can view them in this blog of mine and instagram.
In February 2012 I was able to establish my own business. It was a daring move for I wasn’t born in a family of entrepreneurs and business owners. So I paved and still am paving my own way. And although I didn’t have the experience to handle a whole business myself I got to learn that as the years passed by. It wasn’t easy but it’s definitely no impossible either. I used to pressure myself a lot to gain customers but these days I’m working at my own pace.
I try to take care of my photograph skills and shoot images with good angle and lightening. I then edit them if needed using Photoshop. But everything in my brand is handled by me personally at the moment including designing too.
These days I’m focusing on creating full patterns and they’ll be posted in my website soon. I’ll also change the look of my website to showcase more work and edit my portfolio section. So there’s a lot of work awaiting me.
You can watch my latest painting process video on Artista’s YouTube channel:
For more information you can watch me on instagram and snapchat and to watch my painting process.
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 :).
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Remember my online teaching class? I published all videos yesterday!
Now you can access the class and take your time watching the clips and working on your project. As I mentioned in my previous post, I uploaded a 1-minute intro video on YouTube: http://youtube.com/watch?v=J3hplA1YzIg. And I uploaded the same video in my personal and brand instagrams.
If you click on link below, you’ll get 3 months of Skillshare Premium for only $0.99 for unlimited access to this and thousands of online classes: http://skl.sh/1sM20yL.
Or you can access the class here: https://www.skillshare.com/anwaarsaleh
Again, this is a short course of 16 minutes. And this definitely will not be my last class. You can follow me on twitter, instagram, and snapchat for any updates. And you can also watch my designs and illustrating process in my social accounts too.
Since I didn’t get to draw and paint the sketch I used in the video, I may upload a short clip of the process soon. Also, I’d like to talk more about the materials I use for painting and may as well record another video and upload it on YouTube.
After my one month stay in Japan I returned home last Saturday. As much as I loved being overseas, I missed home a lot. Most of all, I missed my room! It’s the place I get all of my inspiration and crazy ideas at, lol.
Although I bought a bunch of markers and paints from there, I went to a stationery store today and bought even more. The thing is that I don’t focus on purchasing acrylics because I don’t paint on canvases a lot. But yesterday I painted a small pattern design on a regular A4 paper. When I woke up today I was determined to trace that design on a small 20x20cm canvas. Therefore, I bought some really good acrylic paints and went back to my design.
FolkArt acrylics are truly good and they have too many shades of colors that I have hard time choosing what to buy! There are different types like the ones in the above image. There are ‘glow in the dark’ paints, normal acrylics, and metallic paints. I’ll try painting my newest pattern using these and will post the result when I’m done with it.