Call of the Sirens

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Call of the Sirens, watercolours on paper, 8.5×11″, 2018

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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ˜€

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Call of the Sirens, graphite on paper, 8.5×11″, 2018

*Original matted painting available for purchase. $500 CAD. Payment through Paypal. Contact shaima.fantasyart@gmail.com.

**Original graphite drawing available for purchase. $150 CAD. Payment through Paypal. Contact shaima.fantasyart@gmail.com.

WIP with watercolours.

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Early Holiday Mode & WIP

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. πŸ₯

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.

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Thomas Beaudoin in The Spirit of Christmas

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. πŸ™‚ I’m trying to get better at taking photos during painting (sometimes I just forget…).

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siren painting in watercolours

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. πŸ™‚

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 itΒ  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.

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

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. πŸ˜€

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