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 .