Zein is a beautiful girl whose smile reflects her joyful character. Not that I'm a wizard, but I saw more behind that smile. I then thought that if her insides were meant to reflect her outer figure, then this is how she would look like. I believe in letting imagination enhance my art. Decorated with wreckage and decay, this insect-like figure is flying in the garden of life helpless but hopeful. Pointillism is a technique that I always wanted to examine, and working with this style was a rewarding experience.
at 12:00 PM
"This was my concept (read between the lines). Being someone's doll is like having your hair brushed like silk, having a new unseen color be named after you... it's like dancing in a blanket of stars... ... it doesn't take long until you realize you're being locked behind a rainbow of bars... the sparkling stars are nothing but a camouflage... the dress were knit to fool you, the jewels were cut to fascinate you... everything in the set invites you in... you went for the trap of an exhilarating melody of notes but you missed out on the sound of the huge golden gate shutting down right behind you... you went for the mouthwatering smell of poisonous mushrooms... you gave up to your heroine of greed... you can still break free... it's only a matter of choice." By Shereen A. Amarin.
Many thanks to Omar Amarin, Rawan Zreikat, Dunia Ghasib and Ala'a Amarin for all the support and the good times...
at 12:12 AM
I still remember when I asked my instructor about the way him and other students painted, where they somehow abbreviate the structure and build the painting out of a wide range of colored brush strokes. He then told me that painting is like language, it doesn't matter what language you speak as long as you're speaking it right.
Also it turned out that the style I'm working with is much harder than the one I liked!? And if I can get better in it, then it wouldn't be hard to learn the easier one. Those two portraits are my father and my sister Ruba, a grueling exercise that I needed so bad.
at 8:33 PM
This video shows seven stages of my father's portrait painting process. You will notice that I did a lot of mistakes with colors, and tried so hard to fix them over and over again... Until I came up with a final combination, which unfortunately is not even close to what I had in mind! It's strange and tough. But as my friend Mike said: "Education is a necessary evil", We slowly, painfully yet unmistakably absorb these skills, and sneak in what really provokes our learning: the imagination.
at 10:10 PM
Our Portrait Painting teacher asked us to come up with a good reference to paint a monochromatic painting, at the time when my brother Omar was in San Francisco for a short visit. I took a couple of pictures of him at one of the academy buildings, where they had good lighting lamps. And this oil on board painting was the result! My teacher pointed out a lot of issues that I need to work on in order to get better... And I'm working on that...
at 1:12 AM
This was a magazine cover exercise for the Narrative Illustration class. The teacher wanted us to pick a well known character and make a nice setup that suits them, and reflect their nature. As you can see, I picked Marilyn Manson because he has an interesting dark look! Anyway we had the freedom to use any medium we prefer. So I worked with watercolors because I wanted to improve at that. But we had to go through thumbnails and sketches before the final artwork, and that helped me think more about what would be more convincing when depicting a rock star.
at 10:11 PM
Those are some drawings for a bunch of models that I drew from life in a head drawing class. I was trying to measure stuff as much as I could, and find some relations between different parts of the face in order to be accurate; as I was doing head studies. This class was an experience that I would never forget. I was also introduced to a lot of master artists' works that I learned a lot from.
at 11:30 AM
The girl with a hat is one of my best charcoal drawings. I worked carefully on the details as I was moving from one part to another, and it took me around 20 hrs to finish it. One interesting fact that I'm proud of is that if you took a closer look at it you can barely find any white spot. Maybe just her eye's highlight and a small part of her white shirt. It's a drawing rich with tones, and smudged very neatly which gives it a photograph quality.
at 2:31 AM
Those two drawings were my last homework for the Clothed Figure Drawing class. The teacher asked us to draw two figures with two different poses, one with the head towards us and the other with the feet towards us. I asked my sister and brother to take specific shots that reflect what I had in mind, to used them as my direct reference. So I came up with a reclining figure for a girl who drugged herself to death, and a sitting figure for a weirdo!
at 1:40 AM