Friday, December 15, 2017

A Peek into my studio.

I love learning how people work...
what inspires them?
what gets their creative mojo going! how different is it from mine.
What can I learn and imbibe from their routine, styles and manner of working.
And one of the best ways to learn an artist's mind is to see what do they have on their work-table or work stations? esp illustrators and artists.
It tells a lot about them.
Are they cluttered? or neat? or like a war zone? (which mine usually is)
Men have posters and comic figures, and usually have useful products laid out... no frivolous items.
while women have flowers and candles, and knick-knacks...pretty things that many a time don't have much of a practical use, but looks good and makes them feel good.
Their desks are color coordinated and pretty (mostly)

My workspace can't claim to be color co-ordinated, or state of the art, because I have to make do with whatever furniture the Govt homes are given. But I certainly like to spruce up the space with my little knick-knacks and candles and flowers. And of course my favourite pictures and illustrations!
I love to make my space as colorful as I can, to get me out of the Monday blues and the days my mind refuses to function.
So here's a peek:




Flowers: check!
Aromatic Candle: check!
Little candies and cookies in the that tiny bowl there to combat the hunger pangs.



Hand painted recycled bottles, to twig pencils and my quirky quotes!




I have my weekly blog prompts... because when I sit down at the desk, I am usually blank.
So if its Monday, I have my prompt ready for the day which goes like "Monday Moods (decor or color)" or "Monday Moment (a quick sketch of me n my boys)" or "Masala Monday (which can be food oriented)"
Or if its Wednesday... I can work with watercolors and put up a "Wednesday Watercolor" post!
You see how it works? It gets me out of my blank mental state and makes me think and come up with a concrete blog post of the day!



And this is my main weapon when I am painting... which is not these days...
But when I get my blank canvases out, this recycled caddy helps me in myriad ways.
It has my apron and spray paints and acrylic tubs and all my brushes...
And the best part is: It has wheels!
So it can follow me around whether I am busy outside or inside.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

December 2017- a wreath and a tutorial video.

December is such a festive month....
and I love the chill in the air with wreaths, reindeers, Santas everywhere you look...
In the malls, shops, schools.
So to get into the groove of the festival here is my Christmassy Calendar for the month of December.
'tis the time to be jolly, y'all!!


And another one for you phone or tablet!



Also got you a bonus video of my work in progress in making this December wreath on Photoshop.
This and other videos of my art and sketching are also at my Youtube channel.
link is here at my Maryam's Art Studio Channel




Thursday, November 9, 2017

My Miniature Garden ideas and a November Calendar!


My baby sister is very passionate about miniature gardens and terrariums... and is pretty good at it.
Though I loved admiring all that she had made....but I never got bit by the bug.
Mainly because I didnt think I would be able to get the teenie tiny stuff, wherever back of the beyond world we lived in...and whether I'll have the patience to painstakingly make these tiny things.
But as one of our senior ladies of the station was leaving and she was pretty keen on plants and bonsais... I thought why not do something for her that she will remember!
So we bought a pretty, miniature Bougainvillea grown on a rocky bed... and asked the nursery chaps to lay in the moss and give some miniature mushrooms/birds to decorate with...
Took it home and started on a log cabin made out of twigs stuck on a tiny toothpick box...
got my Fevicol and my glue gun out and got started.
The little log cabin sat very well among the greenery with a white pebble pathway.
It was quite a task making it and the tutorial on how to make it will follow on the blog soon.


And then I thought why not make a tiny little chair as well?
There was an icecream stick that I used as a base to stick the twigs on... glued on the front legs first, and then the back legs were glued, which also go up to form the back rest of the chair....
Its a little untidy in a close up because you can see the glue, but looks cute when put with the surroundings.





I loved painting the cute little welcome sign on it, hung on a couple of twig poles.... I think it gives a nice look to the whole miniature garden feel.
The two little birds...one near the chair and a couple near the welcome sign complete the picture...

The nursery had also given a little rock stuck with 3-4 lady birds moving in a line...
So I thought why not add a little sign that says... "ladybird crossing"?
I saw it somewhere on Pinterest and I found the idea adorable.



Added a pretty little miniature plant to give a little foliage relief from the moss and the bougainvillea... And dont miss the tiny ceramic lantern hidden behind a tree. 


So this is how it eventually all comes together in the form of a cute little miniature garden....


I hope you like my little project, which unfortunately is being given away as a gift...
Though I am inspired enough to make another one for myself soon...
Will keep y'all posted! :-D

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Last two days of the INKTOBER 2017 frenzy!

I know, I know...October is long over, in fact its the 5th of November already and my monthly Desktop calendar is not yet made...
And I forgot to put up the last two Inktober 2017 drawings that I made...
They were up on my Facebook Page and my Instagram link, but somehow the blog lay forgotten!
The month of Inktober went by in a flash... and I am soooo glad that I took up the challenge.
Inktober I certainly hope to catch you again next year with a bit more ideas and a lot more better preparation.
But it was SO much fun!
Trying out new techniques, ideas, compositions and a few more things that I was a little apprehensive to touch!
Its been a learning month and I hope to continue with my upward curve, inshallah!
I will be putting up a YouTube video of the sketchbook and also link up here.
Stay tuned.


The Inktober Day 30 was a spooky pumpkin and a scaredy skeletal cat for Halloween...
Didnt want to make the usual gore and zombies....



and the last one, my finale seemed only appropriate to make a Scorpio woman as I am one too!
"She is mysterious, dangerous and extremely loyal...
She is a whirlwind of chaos, but she is so damn passionate that she is worth the hurricane!"
My finale as I bid adieu to Inktober-2017




Monday, October 30, 2017

INKtober2017-Days 27 to 29

I have tried a lot of different things and styles in these 3 illustrations.
The Day27 of October, aka Inktober was a Friday, so the obvious choice was a Fashion illustration.
Seeing I was craving for a cuppa coffee...I instinctively made a coffee mug illustration as well with the brown Rotring ink and black waterproof ink.



And then onto the freedom I feel while making ART!!
Did some hand lettering after ages... in fact since College days and it was pretty therapeutic while listening to Dire Straits and lettering with concentration.



A different sort of playing cards has been on my mind for a long time and though I had a rough idea of what I wanted... it took some trials and errors to get this sketch on paper.
Its still not nicely balanced out and not very neat, but then its on paper, not digital.
But I will definitely get around to doing a digital version of this pretty soon.
 So an inky Mughal Queen of Hearts for you, my peeps!


Saturday, October 28, 2017

INKTOBER 2017 illustration catchups! from a Tiger to a Witch.

I know I should be updating these here on my blog as diligently as I do on my Instagram account and my Facebook Page, but I somehow postpone and postpone till I have a BIG catching up to do finally on my blog!
But better late than never...
Here is a weeklong catching up to do on the blog of all my inktober drawings that have been done post Day19..... aka the Catwoman pin-up
For more INKtober 2017 drawing just head onto my Instagram account or maybe just type inktober on the search link located at the top right corner on the blog.

Anyhow... Day20 of INKTOBER 2017 was a Friday... hence a bit of Friday Fashion was required!


INKtober Day21 was all Sepia toned.
I had discovered a bottle of brown Rotring ink in a long forgotten pencil case and was itching to try it out for a portrait.... and also give a break to the monotony of just black and white images that I have made during the last three weeks!



With Halloween fast approaching Day 22 was for a witchy witch... loved making the background and the foreground pumpkin...
Also the graphic element of think lines versus the thick stripes and the contrasts of the stark blacks and whites!


Day 23 and I was still in the costume- Halloween mode....
why not a cute little pin-up drawing of WonderWoman for today?


Day 23 was a bit Japanese inspired, I think?
I remember seeing this kind of illustration on the internet sometime back and though I forgot to download it for future reference... it kinda stuck with me.
I remember a side profile with straight hair flowing down and a flower in the hair.
Did a bit of stippling (shading with dots) on the shading of the face for some relief.



Day 24 was for Tiger stripes....
I had completed this illustration with normal brush on the stripes...
not much detailing, but it didn't speak to me...
So to make it more interesting, I thought why not go the Zentangle route?
I was as it is, wanting to make one more Zentangle art before the Inktober marathon got over and I get back to my normal style of illustrations....
so a Zentangle Tiger it became.


Day 25 was again inspired by an artwork off the internet with this same quote...
but the illustration was kinda boring.
So I want ahead, kept the quote and made the illustration a bit more flowy and happy and in the mood, if you know what I mean??
I kinda like how this one has turned out.....



So thats all for last week's Inktober catching up.
will try hard to be more diligent with my updates.
I hope you all liked the different styles, moods and themes that I tried to capture during this month.

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