Quote of the Day

October 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame someone else. –John Burroughs

College & Life

October 7, 2014 § Leave a comment

Salaam (peace) lovely readers,

It looks like I’m going to be posting a lot less since I am super busy with an Art course I am doing in college. I will absolutely try and post though, just less often.

Alhamdulillah it’s really exciting and I’m learning many new things. Due to a hectic life for the past 3 years I have been unable to study and now I have the chance so I am taking it! The people are really wonderful, and well, being in a class full of artists is just so refreshing because everyone is amazing at different things. I am looking forward to working really hard and putting in a lot  of effort for this one year that I have. Aim for a distinction! InshaAllah I will create some wonderful pieces of work as well.

I am so blessed to have got into this course considering I haven’t been through the education system like everyone else and have the necessary qualifications, I got straight to the top and highest level course that I can get alhamdulillah.

It’s very different traveling in the country side than in the city, if I go by public transport I have to get up super early and catch the first bus into the next town, if I miss that one bus then I will be late by an hour and a half at least. And to think some people travel from Wales! So appreciate city transport, where the bus comes every 10 minutes, and costs are free (for students).

However it’s a lovely experience walking through town and just going out into the world a teensy bit more :)

Thank you for reading!

Aaliyah

Quote of the Day

September 26, 2014 § Leave a comment

“To live at all is miracle enough.” – Mervyn Peake

South Wales

September 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

Pretty much when I travel in the UK it’s for some sporting event… my brother and sister both do downhill bike racing and my sister is a photographer… so it’s a family affair- well sort of, a half a family affair anyway. I really want to blog more about the country side, which is the point of this blog but I just get exhausted after excursions and then I leave things.

But not this time!

Last weekend we went to south Wales, for a race in a Bike Park near Cardiff. Instead of bombarding you guys with photos of dudes riding bikes like crazy down a hill I thought perhaps a selection of countrside-y looking photos might be more appreciated. I don’t have a lot of photos because my sister had the camera the ENTIRE time, so I just asked her to snap a few ‘scenic’ photos here and there.

In case you would like to see more action packed photos of dudes riding bikes and adrenaline fueled things you can look at my post on Wales here. Also visit the website that my brother and sisters update here.

Here are some photos from the weekend.

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This last photo is my favourite.

We camped for the weekend, we had to leave on a Friday night a couple hours after college finished, pack like crazy and then set up camp in the dark. The weather was mild with a bit of hot cold here and there. I did have a great time, there’s nothing like camping in a good tent with decent toilets and good weather, it makes everything enjoyable Alhamdulillah.

Aaliyah

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Quote of the Day

September 16, 2014 § 1 Comment

“No amount of guilt can change the past, and no amount of worrying can change the future. Go easy on yourself, for the outcome of all affairs is determined by Allah’s decree.

If something is meant to go elsewhere, it will never come your way, but if it is yours by destiny, from it you cannot flee.”

Umar Ibn Al~Khattab

Drawing: Elven Halls

September 11, 2014 § Leave a comment

Here’s another sketch post. Not much variation I know, but I will try and post something country side-y next week InshaAllah.

Yes I am a Tolkien fan and so I couldn’t resist drawing another fantastical scene from the movie. To be honest I don’t actually know if that particular shot was in the movie, but it was in a book that I have which was released to coincide with The Hobbit movies. There are six altogether and so far four have been released. They contain concept drawings, character development, costume development etc.  The image I used to base my sketch on was probably in an Art and Design book…. and I think it was a concept drawing. Maybe I can do a book review on them…

I really admire the work of the guys who do the concept drawing (John Howe and Alan Lee), they just use lines and it’s pretty amazing- if they want a darker area they add more lines, and for lighter area they use less. And the depth they create- I wish I could do that! I tried to do it their style, but my lines are more tight.

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That’s it! I used Derwent sketching pencils and rubber to get the illusion of water falling over the doorway behind the bridge.

Aaliyah

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Sketch: Grains in Sacks

September 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

I didn’t know what to title this post since it isn’t all grains in the cloth sacks. There’s cinnamon bark in the first sack, rice in the second, dried chilies in the third and to be honest I have no idea what is in the last, I just sketched it as best as I could. I quite enjoyed that part, since I could add the look of shininess, and yet not have a lot of detail.

This sketch probably took me 25-30 minutes to draw, I didn’t do it all in one go since I left it and came back to it during the day. I used Derwent sketching pencils I tried to avoid paying to much attention to detail since that usually puts me off drawing, like I feel kind of hopeless that I won’t be able to make it look good.

So I’m pretty pleased with it Alhamdulillah, and it really helped that I really loosely drew what was in the sacks, I would have gotten fed up if I had to draw every piece of cinnamon and, every stalk of the chillies…IMG_9297

Sorry about the photo quality, and the slightly off angle.

Aaliyah

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