Day 23/ 100
First of all, the website was experiencing some technical problems, but they have all been resolved and I am back! I apologize if you were trying to check it out in between.
If you don’t follow me on Instagram (@q_annie) then you are probably missing out on my round two of 100 Days Project, and this time around I am pursuing illustrations! I began my journey in art a bit late – more at the end of middle school and beginning high school, and it quickly consumed me. I took every single art class I could, became National Art Honor Society president and even won a few awards in between. In fashion school, I continued my art journey and grew to love fashion illustrations, but after repeatedly hearing about “starving artists” and “fashion illustration is a dead career” I slowly let go of it and concentrated on my main goal of fashion design. Don’t get me wrong, fashion designing was my first love, but I had a second one that I treasured equally, which I slowly let go of. I would get a few commissions here and there, and my parents would always tell me I needed to pick it back up. But who wants to go on a dead-end route?
A year ago, while scrolling Instagram, I realized that it was NOT a dead end. The wonderful community of creatives is fighting to keep art alive and thriving, and I decided that I would pursue it again.
I started my 100 Days Project 24 days ago and have loved every. single. second. I didn’t realize how much I had missed it, and how beautifully it affects me. I really do hope I can continue because the peace and contentment I have garnered in the daily practice is like no other. I feel more confident, more happy and more at peace. It’s like I finally decided to follow what my heart was leading me to. Might sound a bit “woo-woo” to some, but trust me if you do what you love it always ends in something like this. And I hope you will! Follow your heart, do what you love and live everyday with gratitude.
I do want to thank everyone for all the lovely messages, calls, texts, DM on Instagram and in-person conversations. You guys are making this journey absolutely dreamy and I love that so many people are enjoying what I am putting out there.
I have completely fallen in love with these lovely gif animations by illustrator Sparrows, which pop up on Tumblr every so often. These mini stories aren’t meant to be a part of a larger narrative, but standalone pieces. I also love her conversational style on the FAQ page.
Check out more over at Sparrows.
Agata Ł. Wierzbicka is a multitalented, interdisciplinary designer who works on a junction of architecture, design and art.
Her “Street Life” collection speaks volumes to me. Perhaps because it resembles my own fashion illustration style.
Check out more of her amazing works on her website!
Via Agata Wierzbicka
CJ Hendry is an Australian artist who specializes in photorealistic pen drawings. Her subject matter is mostly luxurious fashion objects, like shoes, handbags, clothing, etc, which are rendered on huge sheets of paper using everyday black pens.
CJ’s masterpieces can take anywhere from hours to months to finish. Her incredible attention to detail and patience can be witnessed through her Instagram account.
“I was under the impression that going to university and doing a hard degree with a well-paying job would satisfy me… I couldn’t have been more wrong. I have failed my way through university and have been kidding myself ever since enrolling. This past year of drawing non-stop has fulfilled me in ways I cannot even explain. I feel a sense of satisfaction with what I do and believe me I am a better person for it.”- CJ Hendry via You the Designer
via You the Designer and Booooooom
Just in time for Halloween, illustrator Isaiah Stephens has dressed up Disney Princesses as pop culture characters, and I am absolutely loving the result! I am tempted to turn one of these into a costume for next week!
via Hi Consumption
As promised, here is the finished piece!
Image © 2013 Qurratulain Ali
I know I know… I have been absolutely MIA for quite some time! There has been a lot going on in my life- traveled to Cleveland, OH for my boyfriend’s graduation and then celebrated my parents’ 25th Anniversary in Atlanta, but I am finally back to NY and taking a breather. Therefore, you will be seeing more of me now (hopefully).
To make up for all the lost time… here are a few illustrations I have been working on. I hope you like them as much as I do!
Please do not use these images without my consent. Thank you.
This is how I still feel every morning when getting ready for work. How did I become a grown up?!
Via Tracy Lizotte Studios
Hassan Musa is a Sudanese contemporary artist living and working in Southern France. His calligraphy is astonishingly simple with a slight touch of complexity.
A quote by Rumi comes to mind when I look at his work:
“Observe the wonders as they occur around you. Don’t claim them. Feel the artistry moving through and be silent.”
I hope you enjoy seeing these as much as I do.