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 primary 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
We’ve been getting some gloomy days in Toronto the last couple days, definitely not the best for photography… 😦 However, I’m glad to had this one up at last. ~ Sebastian Verlac from Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, painted in watercolours.