Family Fan Day – Murdoch, Caught, Anne


Yesterday was Family Fan Day in Toronto, and I was lucky enough to meet some of the stars from various shows like Murdoch Mysteries, Caught, and Anne. The cast were so incredibly nice, to the extent of indulging me in signing my work. I’m curious to know how many of you were also able to drop by at the Sony Centre yesterday?

If you’re on Twitter you can view more of the event using the #FamilyFanDay as well more of my unintentional awkwardness here @ShaimaIslam. 🙂

When the photographer doesn’t know if your camera is working or not…Time for some new tech upgrades I think, lol.

2018 – Another Start

We’re already 2 months in, but I hope everyone is having a wonderful New Year so far. With a slow ending to 2017 for myself, December and much of January has been a major pain to get through. However, like many artists will tell you, you just have to find a way through. So here’s to a more eventful new year, and hopefully more completed artworks to share with you all. 🙂

If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you may have seen me ready to give up on this one more than once. I’ve had very few pieces that I would consider ‘failures’, to the extent that I consider scrapping them altogether; this one definitely came close. It’s natural to encounter problems with certain projects (personal or otherwise), but it  doesn’t make it any less frustrating. In the end, I decided to use this drawing more as a field for experimenting with things I’ve wanted to try, rather than let the piece go to total waste.

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The Call, colour-pencils & markers on paper, 11×14″, 2018

Moving on to painting, I decided to extend the ‘experimenting’ with a quick little piece to start off the year. Not as dark as I usually like to go, but since it was more of a sketch I didn’t mind all that much.

Seek, watercolours on paper, 8×12″, 2018
Seek, WIP

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! 🙂


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.

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.


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.

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

Platinum Nightmares

Painting hair and skin are one my biggest fears as an artist. Even after all these years I find myself working carefully, especially when it comes to watercolours. To all my lovely blondes out there, please don’t take this the wrong way but, dear god…it’s one of the hardest things to replicate in this medium; even if it is one my favourite hair colours. 😀