What do I do and How I do it? - Part 1

I’ve been asked many times how I create my illustrations/drawings. I guess this is something most artist’s get asked. That’s why I created this post so you can get an idea of what I do and how I do it. I also want to show you my first figurative drawing so that you see why practice is highly important. But I want to save it for the end of the post :)

                          My first colored pencil drawings.

                          My first colored pencil drawings.

I think many artists use their art as a way to express themselves, have fun or even as a therapy.  Throughout my life, I was never a person that can easily open up to people. Which is why art is the only way I can express myself truly. It allows me to forget about my fears and just focus on the present.  So is yoga, which I also love doing… :)

 I was born as a daughter to an artist. I grew up in his studio, smelling oil paint and the paint thinner. I’ve always believed art is in my veins and no matter what I do it will always be part of my life. However drawing was the last thing that came to my mind. After trying so many times I’ve decided that I don’t have the talent. (Maybe that was the reason I became a photographer first.)

Then one day I became pregnant… Pregnancy gave me the most important thing that I’ve been missing all this time. Patience… So I decided to try once again. But this time I kept on trying, trying and trying everyday. Practicing everyday, even for 20 minutes, was the only thing that made me better.

After so many hours of errors and experimentation I found my ‘eureka’ moment. That was when all the magic started to happen, drawing and creating were naturally becoming a way of life for me. Nonetheless, I am still learning a lot every time I start a new drawing, and I always tell myself; If you work hard to do your best work…no matter what industry or career you’re pursuing, people will not be able to ignore you.

    After so many hours of errors and experimentation... It took me nearly a year (with a baby in the house) to get here.

    After so many hours of errors and experimentation... It took me nearly a year (with a baby in the house) to get here.

Why fashionportraits/illustrations ? Drawing women is some kind of passion for me, which I guess it’s because of my father’s paintings. Since I am so used to seeing a woman’s face or body on the canvas, I can’t think any other object to work on. And fashion is something I am familiar with since I was a child. After graduating journalism, I studied Fashion Photography, and as a photographer fashion was the best field to express my understanding of aesthetics.

          My first figurative drawing using watercolors and pencil. I came a long way after this one.

          My first figurative drawing using watercolors and pencil. I came a long way after this one.