Fadwa Al Qasem
I Am what i art
Confessions. Art Journaling. Art. Writing. Poetry. Play. And everything life in between.
I did this about half an hour after i woke up. In bed. My sketch book and some kind of pen always with me. I'm spending the weekend with one of my two sons - I'm alternating between them.. missing them both So much and So happy to be here. So, anyway, a very quick 5 minute sketch using #FaberCastell fountain pen with black ink and then adding a few touches of blue watercolour.
Not sure hoe i feel about this one, but I did make a commitment to myself to post all 50 faces I create no matter what. It's part of the process of learning and letting go of perfection.
#faces #ArtJournaling #love #life #artist #50 #iamwhatiart #dubai #Toronto
Pastels, black brush pen, white corrector ink and watercolours.
Sleeping on the subway. I wonder what he was listening to? Or maybe just drowning out the exterior sounds.
I have to wear layers and layers to stay warm, fishing around my pockets trying to find the teeny weeny token with thickly gloved hands so I can pay for the train or street car ride. Scarf around my mouth and nose or else my nose and my eyes will be leaking endlessly.
Coming to Toronto reminded me of what it's like to commute everyday on public transport in the freezing cold to go to work.
#Toronto #life #love #passion #work #respect #ArtJournaling #SBS #urbansketch #art #artist #iamwhatiart #fadwaalqasem
I took a photo of this young man on the subway. I drew him much later, sitting on a couch and feeling warm. I used #prismacolor #nupastel in #beechgreen to outline the face, hair and jacket. I added lines with #bleupaon and #turquoiseblue. No pencil sketch to start with. I then used my #pental pocket brush pen to add the lines.
I had all the pens in my bag. I just bought them from #Currys in downtown Toronto. But I could not take everything out and draw him there and then. Perhaps for subway sketching I need less materials and more confidence. Maybe one day, within this set of 50 faces, I will manage to do that. Just not yet.
#faces #fadwaalqssem #sketching #SBS #life #love #recycled #novel #pages
Half way through!
My plan is to draw 50 faces on recycled novel pages. I've made it to 25.
As I didn't say one face every day, I have been able to stick to it whilst also doing other stuff. My mind rejects strict commitments and rebels against me all the time. So I finally decided to work with it not against it.
I created this face with my faber castell fountain pen with black ink. I then used my water brush and some water to build up the tones. That's it. No other mediums or pens. But I forgot to bring my recycled novel pages so I drew it in my journal that has orange paper. I like this effect, too, faces on coloured paper. Actually, one more thing. I used a knife to scratch out some white reflections for the eyes
#artist #art #gallary #pages #faces #recycled #novels #ArtJournaling #artabudhabi #artdubai #alserkalavenue #author #fountainpen #FaberCastell #iamwhatiart #fadwaalqasem
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.
#gallery #artdubai #Dubai #Artist #ArtJournal
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.
#fearless #emotion #life #love #passion #openheart #Art #Artist #ArtJournal #Play #gallery #ductac #artdubai
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.
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