Fadwa Al Qasem
I Am what i art
Confessions. Art Journaling. Art. Writing. Poetry. Play. And everything life in between.
On the plane. On #recycled #novel #pages.
I only used markers #Windsor and Newton markers in phthalo turquoise, warm grey, and yellow gold, and white corrector ink.
I think the fact that I said I'm going to create 50 faces as opposed to I'm going to #draw one face a day actually helped me stick to my #goal. It's funny how tricking my brain, even as I know I am tricking my brain (or maybe because I know), actually helps.
Moving away from reality slowly. Looking for a style that's more free, loose, and my own.
I was so afraid of drawing faces, so I pushed myself into the deep end. Fifty faces is my challenge. Posting them all. Good and bad and everything in between.
It's liberating. This jumping in deep end. Water in the nose, a little coughing, stinging eyes. But so what? I will float once I stop splashing around.
I choose a new palette of watercolors this time. Oranges, yellows, reds. Cobalt for the eyes and of course the white corrector ink. Indigo for some line work.
No penciling the outline first. I went straight in with the paint on brush. I used medium fine and fine water brushes.
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At the gym.
I usually have my art bag with me. A few art supplies everywhere I go.
In my bag today was:
To recreate this style, just dip brush in paint and follow one shape (such as turban). Clean with water and dip into another colour and follow another outline (such as face, then shirt, etc.)
Some detailed work for the eyes, nose, beard, wrinkles.
I mixed the orange with both the greens for the face. A little less greens for the shirt. I added white in the eyes and for the beard. A few black lines around the eyes.
I think next time I would (1) Have less paint in the pill box, (2) Bring another tin cover to mix paints, and (3) I'd bring some tissue paper!
Watered down acrylics in neon pink on orange paper.. a very impulsive brush in hand.. I needed to see what it might look like. Time to break away and create something a little more abstract.
I've never had a fear of the blank page because they are there waiting for me to spill out "stuff" from my pen or brush.
Blank pages don't exist without my spillings. Or yours. A page's blankness has no meaning. No power. No emotion. No life. You are not ruining anything because there's nothing to ruin.
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I can see a zillion things I could have done better here. It seems I find it easier to draw a face looking straight ahead and mouths glued shut! Ha.
But I'm posting this anyway.
How do you feel about posting or showing work you're not #happy with? Is it a good idea? Perhaps people would see you as a fraud? Amateur? Perhaps people would see you as imperfect and human, fallible, still learning?
Watercolors and black #Molotow pen and white corrector ink in the eyes on #recycled #book #pages.
Currently reading Wishcraft by Barbara Sher. Always loved her approach.
If you're like me and you live to do a gazillion things, this is for you and also look for What Do I Do When I Want To Do Everything (also published as Refuse To Choose).
Nuggets of advice on how you don't need to change yourself or have more will power or less interests.
You need a plan.
You need an ecosystem of support.
You need to finally accept yourself without judgement.
Strange to find that I have been doing much of what she says instinctively since I was 16. Which does not mean I am amazing, it is a testament to our instincts. Listening to ourselves. I did conform, and I did hear what others were telling me about Jack of all trades and all that, but I also continued to do what I felt was good for me to do .. make marks. Words.
Stop often - not to smell the roses- but to listen to the little you that lives like a shiny coin under piles of the dirty laundry that is self-criticism and self-doubt.
This is also what I Am What I Art is about - have a read here.
Not words I like. But. I did promise myself to create 50 faces and I'm already on face 18. I tricked myself into consistency and repetition by constantly changing the materials I use. The style I try. The faces I attempt. By making it about Play! Play? Yes, I can do play every day.
I outlined the face and other shapes with pencil, then I used markers i got from Ale-Hop in Spain last month. Watercolors and white corrector ink in the eyes on recycled #book #pages.
I was drawing this while listening to "On Writing" read by Stephen King himself. I was thinking how much writing, reading and arting are like life. Are life. For me and maybe for you.
"Do you do it for the money, honey? Don't now and never did. Never set a single word in paper with the thought of being paid for it.... if you can do it for joy, you can do it forever."
I outlined the face and other shapes with pencil, then I used Daley Rowney neon acrylics, Sharpie brush pens, and white corrector ink on the face and in the eyes on recycled #book #pages.
Once I started looking at faces to draw, I was surprised at how I turned away from "beautiful" faces .. or, rather "perfect" faces.
Faces with lines, asymmetrical faces, eyes that have seen a lot, lips that soften or speak of strength. These are the faces that attracted me. AI also looked for a challenge. That's the point after all. And I promised myself to post every face, regardless of what I thought of the end product.
For this face, I first painted the page with watercolor, then drew with black charcoal, white chalk, white corrector ink in the eyes on recycled #book #pages.
Tip: When I sprayed the fixative to keep the charcoal and chalk in place, the white faded away into the page. I had to retouch with white Gesso.
Did you notice the lips are a bit lopsided? Maybe that's her. Maybe it's me.
It hasn't spoiled the image, nor the fun, nor the value of this image being #15.
It's life, in all it's glory.
Make your mistakes and move on Some you will be forgiven, some not.
Can't do anything about that.
And you don't need to forgive yourself, either, because there's nothing to forgive in the first place.
It's just a drawing for god's sake!
Black roller point pen, white chalk and grey watercolor on recycled #book#pages.
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