I have been struggling to create a watercolor effect in illustrator since such a long time and finally with some serious experimentation and trials and errors i have come to a point where i can say i am getting there .
Here are a few of my recent artworks that i created using my Watercolor effect exploration take a look.
Watercolor Live Simply Art by Asmaa murad
The World awaits you , Watercolor in photoshop
Must Wake up smiling always , Watercolor in photoshop
Ocean share your secrets with me , watercolor in photoshop
In an upcoming tutorial i will be sharing with you how i created this watercolor effect. so stay around :).
After 2 years , i am coming back to posting to my shutterstock and Dreamstime portfolio , With over 1000 images on microstock sites in my portfolio , I stopped uploading two years back.
I wanted to work towards refining my work and during this time i made tons and tons of images , and now i think it is time to share all of these whats the use of these sitting in my hard drive anyway!
I have just uploaded around 70 new images and working towards submitting them through stock sites these include vector seamless patterns as well as some graphical element sets great for stationary design , invitations and textile . Inviting you to take a look ! 🙂
Those of you who have been following my blog might have read about me talking about Art licensing and what it is ? Well here is a little explanation for the newbies . I consider myself as a newbie as well . But i would like to share the little knowledge that i have with fellow artists.
Art licensing in short is selling your Art to be turned into products . Like greeting cards you can get in a shop , dinnerware you can use , curtains and furniture and what not , all the everyday usage stuff.
This is my story of how i started working towards licensing art. Its a girl’s journey with no one who could provide guidance what so ever.
After i got married and like MOST and many of the families we came across financial difficulties i knew working on graphics is not a hobby anymore ! . After i had 2 kids and more responsibilities and challenges of their better education came ahead i got more serious about how to turn this hobby into a profession. We started working together as One8edegree Studios (Click the link to read more about us as one8edegree)
Till now i was not going after any projects , just blogging, guest posting and sharing freebies , managing this blog (in good old days i was earning revenue through sponsorship on this blog) and just for fun creating new sites playing around with wordpress platform i found it all getting a bit toooooo boring.
So i started selling my illustrations as Clip Arts (a term i never liked when it came to selling my illustrations ) , creating party invitations and helping my DH in running his Wall Decal business. These pet projects were keeping us busy but not really turning in good money.
I had to find a way where i can still be an ARTIST and a stay at home Mom , and earn some cash out of professionally.
I came across some lovely blogging artists who were updating their blog stream with surface design products and their own designed physical items.
Well that sounds interesting ! i thought and started searching for what they are doing .
Reading blogs to their starting archive , reading their journey although some of the artist were being generous about sharing their products but it seems that they were NOT blogging before they actually got their hands on a product designed by themselves.
Oh i know how to draw , they are looking for digital drawings in outlines (Digital Stamps) i can do that! , i thought and spent next year creating drawings and drooled over the lovely creations these crafters made using my drawings.
Although i loved watching beautiful creations that these crafter did using my illustrations , it wasn’t paying me much! Lets face it .. it is a fact that we all need money! With kids growing it was getting harder to make ends meet day by day. We both tried with jobs on and off and after the Political and geographical hardships our country was going through there were no well paid jobs.
And when i weighed the pay offered to the time spent with my kids , i knew the answer ” I want to be around my kids!” i will feed them within means , i will send them to a slightly less fees but i want to be around them!. Which brought me back again to working from home.
So i continued searching…….
Join me next week to read about my journey , i will be sharing my next attempts in field of graphic design turning into art lincesing .
And how i am still struggling as an artist. .. joining my newsletter is a good idea to get to know when i post second episode to my story!
I have been a bit busy lately , during that busy-ness , i had fun creating these character illustrations which i would like to share with you
Isn’t she cute , with that i am so excited to share another news with you very soon , thats part of my artistic journey , i am working towards that right now and will pretty soon share it with you meanwhile enjoy the prettiness of these ladies , and oh! i am now using google plus as well so if you are an avid goolge plus fan find me there +Asmaamurad
Custom portrait illustration : custom portraits from photos client work
I was contacted by lovely Hanna to create a Custom portrait illustration of her 1 year old daughter . She wanted it to be illustrative style and a little bit in a kid style. in this vecotr portrait her daughter would be wearing a traditional Korean dress . I was very excited as I haven’t worked on a Korean dress illustration or any korean client for a portrait illustration.
Hanbok or Chosŏn-ot is the traditional Korean dress. It is often characterized by vibrant colors and simple lines without pockets. A nd is worn as semi-formal or formal wear during traditional festivals and celebrations.
The portrait illustration was to be done with likeness , i would so much want to show the photo of the little girl but due to privacy of the customer i will be holding that back ( hero custom portrait was done from a photo) . Here are the illustration that i did for her done following the brief.
Initially i started the drawing by working on the features of the girl when i was happy with it i continued developing the dress. Since this was a quick turnaround requirement , i didn’t get to spend as much time as i would have liked to spend detailing the illustration .
As compared to my previous works of Custom portrait illustrations this was a quick and simple one , yet i enjoyed working on this cute and simple one .
Its been some time since i last posted about moving to a new place and my new encounters. And i know an update is due about my entry into the Artists Competition.
Besides all this my DH n me decided to stand in Artisans Market in Dubai just to show ourselves and what we do. Overall it was a fun experience about which you can read further at our Studio blog.
All the preps for the exhibition slowed me down up till the last call of entries . We were given 21 days to come up with the artwork following the design brief and i was sitting creating it 24 hours just before the deadline. But I am glad with the final outcome as i have been brain storming and collecting resources for it since the brief.
Although i didn’t make it to the semi finals , it was an overall a nice experience and i hope to take any other similar that comes along the way.
here is my journal cover design entry with the brief of a vintage playground theme.
And here is the list of 50 semi-finalists Lovely works!
Yep thats one big thing i m looking forward to today , that’s my first brief from Lilla Rogers studio! . Top art agency Lilla Rogers Studio is on the lookout for hot new creative talent! The winner will win 2 years’ representation from Lilla Rogers Studio and a host of licensing deals , and just for fun I am in it !
Today we will be getting our first brief , i will be posting about it and will be needing your input as well , will you be around?
Lets… do it … 🙂
I will be sharing my work processes and work flow through my art facebook page , join me 🙂
I have been working on my style development and have decided to take my artwork to next level that is for product design .The process of creating these illustrations starts from sketch , then coloring and outlining in illustrator and finally Photoshop the cool friend of mine!
See below my new collection of Vintage rose collection , The image consists of layering of effects and different design elements. A few of my tools are available for download through my digital store as well.
[private]I am just so very happy to share with you my first very own release of Wallpaper App for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad . It is a collection of Halloween wallpapers , greetings and halloween background that i created .
The application includes Coverflow style Image Browser and Export Functionality .
Take a look and do purchase to support 😉
[private]You might remember my last sketch , Speachless , i needed some inspirational texts to keep me motivated hence i created this wallpaper for my desktop and you can have it as well. This one is 1280×1024 px. let me know if you need any specific size .
Click to download
Remember not to reproduce or extract any part of this works for
derivative works without my permission.
[private]Year 2010 had been such busy year for me , during this year i really stopped writing anymore of the tutorials and got busy working for myself , getting myself ready you can say for the freelancer’s freedom. And i must say i have done it successfully . During this time i started my own online illustrations and graphics store and very successfully started getting orders for custom designs and illustrations which i like doing most!
During this time i found myself lost in creating FOR the client and started wondering if i was beginning to loose myself as an artist? … just to explore myself and the way i am going and my art is going i started 100 sketches , the idea is not really to produce all 100 sketches in coming 100 days but it is just a path to exploration and i am so behind!! .
Yesterday i again doodled out some stuff and then started working on it having a clear idea of what artwork i am looking for so i doodled…. and got lost doodling 🙂 here is what i ended up creating.
It feels so good to give your illustrations life and see them as a part of your own house. This is a new venture that i have stepped into . Wall decals are recently becoming very much popular. I created this logo for decal ideas , along with the identity development. Since the decals are mostly about decor and lifestyles i incorporated a cool looking floral motif for this in the logo design.
Site design is still under construction but the decals are already up for sale through etsy site. You can visit the Etsy store for the designs view currently in production these designs are recreated from my illustrations as decals .
While the site is still being created , i wanted to create a branding theme for the whole site. The elements of supportive designs are created using hand drawn and sketched feel which will be carried out in the following website design ( i will keep you updated ) . Here is the banner for the ETSY Store that i created while staying in the precieved artistic style for the brand.
also the Etsy Avatar to go with the whole concept
The requirement of the store is provide instructions and color choices here are is the design for color chart and the instructions sheet.
Since the site is following the sketchy feel to it , i am planning to add similar product previews something like you see below
I will shortly write the design details of the website and its creation phases as it happens.. so exciting!
During this process of self exploration through different mediums i am these days trying out new techniques with water colors . I will be posting a few more of these in coming posts . I hope to expand my knowledge of shapes , forms and creative techniques.
I just had to skip my regular post of 100 sketches due to few logo jobs which needed to be finished . One of them was Logo for Alfurqan Islamic Center . With not an ideal time frame in hand this job was to be delivered within 1 hour!. Luckily the client was happy with the very first and initial review sent to them. Here is what i came up with hope you like it too.
2 years back i posted a series of 100 illustrations in 30 days , i had lots and lots of time free in my hand i guess! LOL and i did accomplished that , what this speed illustrations did was wonderful.. the outcome of speed illustrations not only opened up understanding of tools for me but definitely helped me increase my illustrations speed…
I guess self exploration never ends , only if you start to explore… I am working on a new project now , which involves self exploration in whatever media i feel like exploring … coloring , painting , sketching , digital … just anything i need to find what suits me the best.
You are invited to follow me on this quest and criticize my work if you can find some time in your hands.
Each illustration or work will be available for downloads limited to 20 !
You can follow the updates through my RSS feed Or Check back very often to grab the Downloads , IF i am working on a Photoshop project you will be able to download PSD layered files if illustrator then Vector files , eps 8 for your ease of use.
Here i am with
Day 1 Sketch 1
Medium :- Drawing in flash , coloring in illustrator
Tools :- Artistic brushes in illustrator
Textures :-Textures for the final preview from HERE
Download the source file! ( Limited to 20 Downloads Only)
[private]This one is one of the most recent Custom illustration works which was really fun to do! wondering what is this BITCH inc is ? wait till i explain it to you and you will be surprised how creative these people went with the name! and then wait ….their illustration request was even more “strange” for me !
The request was to create a custom character somewhat like the little girl riding a bike which already graces their home page . The Little girl had to be in total control of the bike which is too big for herself , while being naked(in a discreet way)
I was given a few reference photographs to work with .
After a few initial sketches we decided on the way and the place where she would appear . Luckily we didn’t have to follow round of sketches the initial sketch was approved and was agreed upon for final rendering. Here is the initial sketch which we agreed upon.
After the finalization of sketch i started converting it , with just 2-3 rounds of reviews we got what we wanted!
It was fun working on this illustration as i was allowed to freely work on this . I tried to give it every bit of feminine feel to the whole illustration as i could . And i really loved the final outcome.
[private]Couple of days back i was contacted by people at Cheat-a-chick to create a logo and mascots for their site. They were quite clear about what they wanted so it was really fun working with them. (more…)
[private]It is time to do an exhibition of work ! For so long i wanted to do a digital painting exhibition of work . And once again i am setting my mind up for it. Since i got caught up into doing more work for money i painted and i illustrated less for that “peace of mind”… . But here is a new series of works evolving from my past experience with digital tools. (more…)
[private]Three months back i was contacted by people at joomlajunkie to come up with a mascot for Prothemer website. With a couple of initial sketches and drafts followed by reviews we come up with a happy smiling , cool looking guy for Prothermer site. (more…)
ILLUSTRATION ARTIST & DESIGNER
Hi there! My name is Asma and I’m an illustration Artist & Graphic Designer, helping designers, Artists and female entrepreneurs sell art online through graphic designer resources & coaching. I created this blog as a platform where I could share illustration tutorials & strategies for artists that bring results. Enjoy!