November 1 – Sketchbook

 

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A slow end of October; in terms of sharing more work here that I had originally planned. Trying to get more paintings done for portfolio updates, as well as certain personal deadlines I want to meet. Hopefully I’ll get more new work up here soon. πŸ™‚ Until then, a little toned paper sketch from ITV’s Sanditon. Little bummed we didn’t get a proper Austen ending from Andrew Davies. πŸ˜† Still, a huge fan of Davies and love every adaptation he’s done.

Also, you can follow me on Instagram & Twitter if you’d like a glimpse into what I’m working on, I try to get more updates for you guys on my socials anyways. πŸ™‚

IG: @shaima.art / Twitter: @shaima_art

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Leo Suter, Theo James – Jane Austen’s Sanditon, colour-pencils on toned paper

WIP.

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Conversations

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This drawing is probably the most fun I’ve had on an artwork this year. The initial research and reference stage had me a bit confused at first, as I hadn’t really thought about Odin’s eye until I looked at some old drawings and paintings online. I noticed a constant switch of direction of his missing right eye; my guess is mirroring had resulted in artists switching to the left side of his face. All in all a fun little project. (A side note, I had no idea how big ravens were. 😢)

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Conversations, microns & markers on paper, 8×10″, 2019
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Prints and this original will be heading to my shop soon. Head on over if you’re interested. πŸ™‚

WIP.

First Spell – Watercolour Painting Sept.

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With this painting I really wanted to continue with the fantasy elements, but also get back to the study of sheer fabrics that I enjoyed when painting Call of the Sirens. Fabrics are always intimidating for me, because if it’s sheer or even satin let’s say…well for the most part you only get one chance to get it right with watercolours. Too much paint can mess up the piece real fast, and finding how light and skin works in whole equation is another thing altogether. I’m still learning by studying from the masters, by looking at many classical paintings; ranging from Regency to Edwardian. Although, I have to find a way to adapt those techniques from oils to watercolours, which is a fun challenge.

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First Spell, watercolours on paper, 8×12″, 2019

I liked the look of the early stages of the painting as well, making a note to experiment with even less paint in future projects. Sometimes I find it a bit hard to judge how dark I need to make a watercolour painting; as most artists in this medium will know, scanning the artwork doesn’t always get you the most flattering results in the end. There’s a certain grey/dark tone or evenness I like to achieve (which I’m not doing a good job explaining unfortunately), and scanners mess it up royally with its bright light giving unwanted contrasts across the painting. I’m lucky to have a good Epson scanner, but there are some things that can’t be fixed and I do my best with Photoshop in the end. πŸ˜„

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Original available at the shop.

WIP.

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*Update on In Fate’s Hand Painting Auction

I’ve realized I hadn’t updated the info here on my blog as I had on Instagram. The original painting of In Fate’s Hand that was for auction on Ebay, has now been moved to the shop. I had some issues with Ebay account, as it was a new one, and felt it would get better views directly in the shop. 50% of the sale of the painting will still go the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation as originally planned, so please pass on the word and check it out for yourself if interested. Thanks! πŸ™‚

Team-Bradley References & Sketchbook

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I’ve been really enjoying working in my new mixed-media sketchbook from Stillman & Birn. On the other hand, getting back into doing life-drawing studies/sketches is easier said than done, as I sometimes find myself bored of typical poses that you find online; in terms of reference photos. Aside from my general admiration of their work, artists Noah & Rachel Bradley have come out with a bunch of reference photo packs on their website (which I’ll link below) that have been quite helpful. If you’re looking for some quality references I highly recommend you check out their photography.

Noah & Rachel Bradley Reference Photography Sets

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Also, colour & hair studies for a new painting I’m working on; plus a few demons and horns.

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markers and graphite in Fabriano sketchbook

Heirlooms – August, Shop Update

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A quick update on some new arrivals to my Etsy store, Embers & Stones. If you’re not familiar with my work, alongside creating art I also like to spend some of my time handcrafting fantasy-themed jewellery; mostly using wire-work techniques. I hope you find some time to check it out. πŸ™‚

I decided to try something new this month. I’ve done quite a few earrings, necklaces & bracelets now, but with the holidays approaching (…well when I say approaching πŸ˜…) I thought it would be fun to experiment with some little decorations instead. So far there are 4 of these ornaments up in the shop; this being the ‘Heirlooms’ collection, but I might try some other variations as well.