Saturday, December 14, 2013

Saturday Art School! Expressive "Eyes"

Its that day of the week again.... My favorite Saturday Art School!
and I cant believe that I havent posted anything "new" the past week...
seems like I am moving from Saturday to Saturday!
This is where I tell you what I have been busy doing...
Been swamped with work- not that I am compaining, but it has gotten a bit difficult to juggle parenting, and full time Army wife's responsibilty, and the good work coming in!
plus got a few friends who drop in once a while to learn sketching and painting!!
(didn't know I had it in me to teach...goes to show that every experience is a learning experience)
will be putting up thier works soon and am so proud of the way they are progressing!
talking about teaching- a lot of my friends are curious as to how to make eyes...
and whatever the rest of the face may look like- if you have given life to the eyes... the portrait always looks good!
so here is the eyes that I will be teaching today:





STEP-1:
Sketch the basic shape of the eyes and make sure that the placement is correct.
Draw the eyebrows as well.





STEP-2
Darken the eyebrows and draw the hair like shown in the sketch...





STEP-3
Sketch in the eye-balls and shape of the upper and lower eyelids





STEP-4
detail the eyeball and sketch in the eyelashes.




STEP-5
shade in the eyeballs in the way shown- the strokes should show and should be emanating from the center




STEP-6
shade the top and bottom eyelids of one eye- in this case the eye on the right..like shown.




 STEP-7
give a bit of detailed shading of the nose.






STEP-8
Start shading the other eye.






STEP-9
Add more detailing in the top and bottom layer.






STEP-10
shade in the shape of the nose like shown in the drawing.






STEP-14
Shade the sides of both the eyes and make sure you follow the curve in your strokes.


I hope you enjoyed this little lesson and will have fun making and shading some beautiful eyes in your sketchbooks.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A Sweet Deal week-long on my Shop... and FREE SHIPPING!!

The link to my shop is here : http://society6.com/MaryamhasanAhmad

and they are having a fantastic deal going on all week-long
FREE SHIPPING worldwide and every day there is some kind of discount on the products.
today there is $6 off on all mugs!
and when the mugs are just for $15 to $18, $6 off means that its nearly 50% off!
how sweet is that??
so here is a peek at what my shop offers in terms of mugs!

The hug/ BEST BROTHER mug


BEST MOMMY mug!


CAT-NAP mug!


Sunday, December 8, 2013

Sunday Treat...Cinnamon Apple Cake! Easy and yummy!!

Now that I am living in the back of beyond...I dont have much of a choice in matters of fresh fruits and veggies and herbs... (oh how I miss strawberries and blueberries!!)
oh well....
So we make the best of whats available to us... and especially for the Armed Forces- we have to make the best of what comes seasonally in the Army Rations!
Last month in November we were inundated with apples and this month has been oranges and yet more oranges.
so last month I made a lot of yummy treats with apples... didnt get time to put them up so they will be coming up on my blog by and by...
right now is the time for one the MOST delicious cakes I have had in a looooong time!

P.S. in case you make this cake and you think that there is some way that it can be improved upon please dont hesitate in dropping a line! 
would love to hear from you.

And now I have to go rack my brains on what exotic things can I make with oranges...
any suggestions?



APPLE CINNAMON CAKE with brown sugar crunch!
The cake is extremely moist and melt in your mouth while the brown sugar topping provides the yummy crunch which takes the cake to a whole new level.



Ingredients: 

3 cups flour (half whole wheat and half all purpose flour-maida)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
(sift them together and set aside)

 2 eggs
1 cup oil- 
(I used the normal vegetable oil, you can also use olive oil to up the health quotient.)
1+ 1/3 cup sugar
1 tbsp vanilla essence
3 apples peeled and chopped into not too small pieces.
about 1/4  cup brown sugar for topping
(you get brown sugar in most gourmet stores otherwise you can use the normal sugar for topping)

STEPS:
1- Preheat the oven to 160C or 350F
2- beat the eggs at medium speed. add oil and sugar and beat till nice and creamy- add the vanilla essence. and beat till nicely mixed.
3- Add the dry flour ingredients that you have set aside after sifting, to the wet ones and mix well with hand till nicely combined.
the batter is going to be quite unlike the other cake batters, i.e its going to be very thick and heavy and you are going to have a tough time mixing it all together.
But dont worry- the cake comes out just lovely!
4- Add the diced apples to the batter and mix.
5- Pour the batter into a greased and dusted pan and level it with the spatula.
6- Sprinkle the brown sugar on top and put in the preheated oven.
7- Bake for 50 minutes to one hour.


The cake with the sprinkle of brown sugar on top!




Nice and brown...




Slice up....



And enjoy! 




Saturday, December 7, 2013

A cute tutorial for your Christmas!



Ho! Ho! Ho!
'Tis the season to be jolly- fala lala la... lala la la
and Santa is everywhere....
be it malls, or schools, or parties, or on the road...
so why not here?
And this is one of the simplest Santas that you can possibly draw...
a little difficult one is coming next Saturday!




STEP-1:
The big oval for the head and small overlapping ovals for the nose and the mouth.
be careful about the right placement of the nose and mouth.


STEP-2
Draw two circles at the side of the nose and make one curve going from one end to the other.
Next is to draw the two facing curves in the shape of three and inverted three.





STEP-3
Draw the shape of Santa's cap as given with a little tuft of hair peeking out!






STEP-4

Clean the extra lines from the cap and add a small circle at the end.
attach the beard/mustache to the nose circle.



STEP-5
Complete the mustache of Santa and add curves like shown to the beard.



STEP-6
Clean the extra lines, add a few dots on the cheeks for freckles and voila!!
Ho! Ho! Ho!




Friday, December 6, 2013

December Calendar for your Desktop and laptop.

I have been reeeeeaaaaally busy the past few days/weeks and just kept postponing the making of my December desktop calendar for a long time...
But today is already the 6th of December- I don't think I can delay any longer...
thought I'd make a cute little Christmassy theme for December and use my teenie tiny animal characters which I am hoping to develop over time and you will be seeing a lot of their antics on my daily drawing!

so here is the image- just right click and save.
then right click on the saved file and set as desktop picture.... easy peasy!  :-)






Sunday, December 1, 2013

A brand new shop and FREE shipping Worldwide-through Cyber Monday!

I am selling more stuff online... This time on a different site called www.society6.com thats going to be selling my artworks as high quality Archival prints of different sizes!
You can buy framed prints there, as well..






and they are also going to be printed as iphone covers as well as skins...




aaaand as tote bags...




and throw pillows...






and mugs...





And the BEST part is that they keep having these sales...
like right now through the Thanksgiving Weekend and Cyber Monday its FREE SHIPPING!!
and free shipping not only in the U.S but WORLDWIDE!!
how great is that?
here is the link to my shop on Society6
Happy Shopping everyone and please keep checking back to see some new and awesome stuff that i will be uploading nearly every day!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Saturday Art School: water color poppy!



This cute little poppy is made with watercolor and is extremely simple to make and looks gorgeous!
I have used this poppy for my Thursday Thought post (where I had put up a few more watercolors- if you want to have a look,click here)
and as promised...the how-to-do steps are finally here, posted on my Saturday Art School!
the basic colors used are vermilion hue (which is a bright red) a bit of burnt sienna (shade of brown)
sap green (leafy green color) , black and a touch of deep yellow.

here are a few of the steps:


1- Make the drawing and start with a generous wash of vermilion red.

2- color the top petal


3- leave a few white jagged edges like shown above.

4- paint in the lower petals and put the wash in such a way the there is heavy as well as washed out color which will show up the depth of the petals.


5- while the petals are still wet...mix in a bit of burnt sienna and a teenie dab of black...
if it seems too dark, lighten it with water and mixing in a bit with red.

6- Now add in the depth of the petals like shown. Be quick about it so that the earlier color that you had applied is still wet when you add the darker shade- this way it blends.


7- add some more depth in the lower petals.

8- just add a bit of yellow straight from the tube to the top of the petal or anywhere else you feel needs a bit of yellow light.


9- I took some sap green straight from the tube, you dont have to do that- u can take it out on your palette so that you are in control of how much water and mixing you need to do.

10- give a light wash to the flower stalk, taking care no to make it flat but to have a light and dark affect while going down the stalk... 



11- Add the leaves in a light wash (as in lots of water and a little bit of color)

12- Add a darker shade to a part of the leaves as shown in the finished illustration at the bottom.


13- Dab on the last bit of finishing touches in the poppy flower with a brush dipped in black paint... 
and voila!




the image from where the inspiration is taken is here.


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