Black Friday 2017

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This Friday until Sunday take 15% off your order with purchases of $50 or more. This applies to all items in the shop. So be sure to head over to my Etsy store HERE if you’re interested in getting your hands on some of my hand-made jewellery as well as many original artworks that are available. (*Etsy now offers much improved & easy payment options at their checkout, including direct payment, credit, paypal, etc)

I’ve been sending out some orders this week, and its always a joy to send these out to you guys, so thankyou! 🙂

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I also have some new items in the shop, and a few more on the way as well. If you’re not too familiar with my work, as a hobby I like to create & design my own jewellery; many involving wire-work designs.

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Latest addition to the shop.

November, Sketches & Marvel

It’s been a rather slow November, but a much more exciting weekend with Marvel releasing The Punisher series last Friday. That basically summed up my weekend as I couldn’t stop watching. So glad to see Jon Bernthal get his own show; as I was looking forward to seeing a proper Punisher series for a very long time. An additional bonus was seeing Ben Barnes enter the franchise; as I know I couldn’t contain my excitement.

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Lots of scenes I wanted to sketch from, but ended up choosing a vague one as I realized that not everyone may have finished the series yet. I know how much I despise spoilers. (I’m one of those people who see the very first Teaser of a movie or show if even that…) 🙂

Continuing with sketches, as I was flipping through mine I landed on an unfinished piece. I don’t have many of these, but I can’t seem to find the inspiration at the moment to complete this one. Maybe I’ll come back to it in the future, who knows.

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Scene from Shokichi’s MV Shelly

On a side note, there are some shop updates coming for my Etsy store so stay tuned for that here and on my Twitter @ShaimaIslam

Weekend Drama

It’s getting quite chilly in Toronto isn’t it?…or I might be the only one who feels like a lizard right now. :S Either way, nothing is better than settling in with some BBC dramas on the weekend. I have some catching up to do with a few older series, but after a long wait for its release, ended up watching The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike) this past week in one go; it was too good to stop after one. Realizing however that as with every show, getting ‘withdrawals’ while having to wait per week for a new episode is no fun. 😀 I was also sketching away while watching episode 3 again…

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08.09.2017 Sketchbook

Sketching Ideas – The Call

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I’ve been getting some ideas down for my next drawing. A few of you have asked me here and on Tumblr, on sketches & how I go about using them in my creative process for a finished piece…I know there are many artists out there (some among my personal favourites) who do amazing pre-painting sketches & drawings; I however don’t always do them. It depends on how much of the idea I have established in my head and how confident I feel about transferring that to paper. If I’m doing client work that’s of course out of the question, as you definitely need to do sketches and drawings before even thinking of starting the final product. Even for this next piece I’ll be doing, I know what I want in my head but I needed to get a feel for the placement and mood of the subject(s) for me to get started. Keeping to a ‘sketch’ however, is often out of the question for personal projects. It’s most often a starting point.