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. 🎶
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.
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. 🙂
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.
Deciding to take a slightly different approach to the original sketch I had…