This painting has been a bit puzzling for me. Although I’m not unsatisfied with the results, the composition and I suppose just the piece in general was a bit out of the usual for me. I admire artists whose pieces involve lots heavy background work; sceneries, forests, water, etc; but somehow I had moved away from it entirely since university days.
If you follow my work, you may have noticed that nowadays I prefer to work with a mostly a minimal backdrop (white usually). It’s just something I have come to like in my art. There are elements of this piece that I plan on using in the future, although I might not necessarily go this route again in terms of trying to create a full on classical painting. I still find painting nature, trees and such quite interesting; in terms of texture, foliage, etc, but I prefer to incorporate them in the composition without going too heavy on the background. What do you think? Do you think this type of piece wanders too far from my usual style? 😄
Although I mentioned I prefer not to go the route of a full classical painting, most of my favourite artists would fall under that genre. 😅 For this painting for example, I was inspired by the work of the French painter Bouguereau. I love how he paints children in particular, because for myself it’s an absolute nightmare. If you follow me on any of social media you’ll have seen me trying to figure out the alien proportions when it comes to kids. 😁
AUCTION SUPPORTING CANADIAN FIREFIGHTERS.
This painting is officially up for auction on Ebay. This auction will be contributing to a Canadian charity that supports the brave men and women and their families, who don’t get nearly as much recognition as they deserve. 50% of the sale from this painting will be going to the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Initially I was planning on running this auction for a month at least, but I didn’t have that option when it came to Ebay. So it will run for the 10 days, and I might extend the time again if no offer is made. The link to the Ebay auction is provided below, and please feel free to share with anyone else you think might be interested. Thankyou.
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.
With the Shadowhunters Tv series coming to an end, I feel like it’s inevitable for it be an inspo at the moment in my work. Also lots of demons, and fantasy themed architecture, sets & other pretty visuals. 😊
A quick update for my social media followers. A few of you had asked about my Instagram a while back; I’m pleased to say I finally have one I can share with you guys. So follow me at shaima.art on IG, and I hope to chat with you guys there as well. My next few pieces will be more original art rather than fanart related pieces so stay tuned for that. More darker demonic themed paintings, some nordic stuff thrown in as well. ✌️
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.
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.