As I get set to do more paintings, I’ve been trying to use my Fabriano (5.5×8.5″) sketchbook a bit more. Trying to focus more on life-drawing with fantasy elements, I’m hoping to improve my skills; which I found had weakened somewhat since uni life-drawing sessions. The Shinhan Art Touch Twin Markers are pretty much a go to for me in this sketchbook, with a graphite lineart/under-drawing. I do find that the paper is very thin with this Fabriano sketchbook, but I don’t mind the results so I’m just putting a scrap paper on the back for any bleed-through. Anyhow, thought I’d share some snippets from this sketchbook so far. 🙂 Also a quick reminder, head over to my Instagram if you’re interested in more frequent updates on projects and processes. Instagram @shaima.art.
Hi everyone, it’s good to be back on the blog at last. I’m notoriously late to these things, but hope everyone’s having a great new year so far, and as always thank you all for the love and support. 😊
Quick update to get through first; I have a bit of a studio clear-out going in the shop right now. I’m trying not to hold on to too many pieces in the new year. Head on to the updated shop section on the website or here, to find both new and older (as far as 2011) original artwork up for purchase.
Starting the new year with more of a fanart piece for the Twitter hashtag #ShadowhuntersPosterChallenge. This was being held by the creators of the Shadowhunters series on their social media, in promotion of the last season of the show. I thought it’d be fun to get creative with some artwork, rather than doing a photo-manipulated poster. The baddies are usual interests for me 😉, so I decided to incorporate a portraiture of Luke Baines (entering the show this season) with aspects of Cassandra Clare’s original material for the character of Jonathan Morgenstern from the books. All in all, a fun little project.
If I Cannot Move Heaven (Shadowhunters), markers on paper, 9×12″, 2019
The tape finally came off this one, as I added some final touches this week. Probably one of my more enjoyable pieces that I’ve done so far, as I worked at a more casual pace while working on some other things.
I also attempted to take more progress shots this time around, as more people seem to enjoy these on Twitter and Tumblr. The initial drawing was done with graphite on paper, and then transferred onto the watercolour paper from a scanned print. As I ran out of graphite transfer paper, it was the old school method of taking a 5B pencil and just filling up the back of the print. 🙂 Drawing the figures in nude at an initial stage was important, as I would be trying to create sheer fabric in the painting. I might skip this stage if I was more confident, but watercolours aren’t as forgiving when it comes to errors. 😀
*Original matted painting available for purchase. Available here on Etsy.
Weird as it is for September, I’ve been on a little binge of Christmas/holiday movies that usually come out on channels like Lifetime. Although not known for their deep or complex storytelling (you should be watching for happy endings anyways 😁), I find they always cheer me up. Princes from made-up countries, handsome ghosts, and oh yes I believe they’re called chick-flicks. 🐥
Anyways, I’ve been at my sketchbook while watching one of my favourites; The Spirit of Christmas. Thomas Beaudoin in period outfits is a bonus too.
I’m working on several pieces at the moment, for a little change in pace in the way I work. This siren piece is still in the works, hopefully to be completed by the end of the month. 🙂 I’m trying to get better at taking photos during painting (sometimes I just forget…).
The wait after the first season is finally over, with Season 2 of Anne being released this month. My hopes of hearing more of Jerry’s (Aymeric Jett Montaz’) cheerful singing this season came true as well. 🎶
29.06.2018, Anne & Jerry
At this point I’ll put a SPOILER warning for those who haven’t finished the second season yet. 🙂
I briefly touched on this on my Twitter, but I thought that Moira Walley-Beckett, the writers and rest of the creative team for the show have continued the wonderful job they did last season. Everything from the scenery, to the details in the costumes and props were lovely once again. I realize that there are people who still don’t really care for this version of Anne of Green Gables, as they find it to be much darker than previous adaptations. Maybe because its my love of Victorian novels (as well as the Edwardian era) and my interest in the historical aspects of how society and its people functioned then, the culture, etc. that I don’t find the show to be “dark”. To be honest that would be my only criticism of season 2, as I personally found it lacking in that ‘atmosphere’ it had both with the shots and musical score from the first. Nevertheless, I still found myself looking at each scenery, the shops in every location, what people were doing in the background in every episode. It would be a shame not to, given the lengths the creators of the show have gone to in terms of trying to keep to historical accuracy. I enjoy having the books I read as a child as a starting point, to which the show now provides more detail and expands the world as it would have been given the era, the country, town and/or community. It’s still an adaptation of the books, but one that I can thoroughly enjoy as an adult. 🙂
The one thing that most reviews covered this time around was the relevance to modern time, notably with the characters of Cole and Sebastian ‘Bash’. I was also pleasantly surprised at the depth of character development we got given the number of episodes. My emotional stability was definitely challenged (trying to keep the waterworks to a minimum) with the glimpse into the lives of the adults like Mrs.Barry and continuing on to other characters who might have been previously overlooked like, Prissy & Billy Andrews and even Josie Pye.
This week I had some time to sit down and look at my work from over the years. I’ve gone as far back as primary school; more to my horror and hopefully more of an interest to all of you. 😏 I think as artists we’re supposed to look at our past work to get a better understanding of the evolution of our skill and style, but sometimes going ‘back’ and I mean REALLY back, inevitably causes some cringing and need to hide sketchbooks…or maybe that’s just me. The most change you will probably see is around 2011 during my time in university, where all I did was abstract & modern art. There weren’t many options in terms of courses for me unfortunately, but looking at it positively it became clear to me very fast what I didn’t want to be doing.
Now for the really old pieces. Most of these are either in sketchbooks from elementary school (grades 4-5) or loose paper. The majority of them are anime/manga style as that was what I was really into at the time. Here are just a few of them.
I’ve had questions over the years of where to get started and how to go about improving your art, but I’ve never been completely comfortable giving advice on some things as I’m constantly learning and improving as well. However, one thing I can say now is that draw, draw some more, and keep drawing. If I stop producing art due to artist block or for any other reason (whether its sketches or finished paintings), I regret it immensely as I see the effects of it immediately in the new piece. One example that has stuck with me from a university presentation is to look at children’s drawings, and then asking an adult with no background knowledge in fine art to do the same. You will see that for the most part the two will be very similar. Just like anything else, that skill remains stagnant until we acquire the knowledge to improve our techniques which also includes years of practice. 🙂
Now that you’ve gotten a glimpse at where I come from in terms of my art, hopefully this will motivate all of you who are either beginning their art careers or picking it up as a hobby.
*On a side note, I’ve decided to open a Inprnt Shop for art prints along with my Society6 one. I’m curious as to which people prefer using, but for now I have them both up and running.