Saturday, August 11, 2007

Sketches on the go

I spent the week in Vancouver on business again. I didn't have a lot of chances to go out and sketch, but I did one on the plane heading to Vancouver, and I did a quick one at the hotel looking out on the bay. Neither is that great, but then I was just having fun.

10 comments:

  1. I like the first one, I like the treatment of the urban subject - unlike most of your stuff you've shown us before in many ways, apart from the obvious. Interesting to see a different side of your work.

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  2. Thank you Frances. YOu are so kind. YOu always have something nice to say :-)

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  3. Love the first sketch, so nervous and untypical. Reminds me of a Bernard Buffet, one of my faves as you know.

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  4. Anonymous12:43 am

    Ma echbak chi...I like the view from the hotel...

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  5. You know, habibi, it is such a pleasure seeing you evolving in this medium. I have never tried watercolors and you have been such an inspiration to me (there, I said it!). Can you explain what you did to get that b&W wash effect? Is it ink or watercolors? Also, I would like to buy some inks to play with...any recommendations please? I tried some india ink to paint graduating effects but once the ink dries, the image has no lustre, it looks drab. Can you have like a really basic tutorial? Maybe just 3 steps? I would like to paint washes and then incorporate them in my collages. Does this make sense or do I need to drink coffee first?

    Keep up the good work, ya habibi :)

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  6. Yes, absolutely - a post about inks would be nice - just let me write it, hehe - mwah

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  7. Fawzan!!! I'm in love with the black and white one (ink?)! Not only is it bold but it is immensely evocative. It gives me that feeling of looking up and seeing another world, a world that feels like it's been watching you pass by all along. Splendid, abolutely splendid.

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  8. Thank you all for your comments about the black and white sketch. I have to tell you how I did it. It was on a plane flying to Vancouver (5:00 hrs) with a kid sitting behind me and bumping my seat regularly every 30 seconds. I tried to sleep, but no use. I tried to read, but ha! So I finally decided to pick up my sketch book and take it out on a page. I picked up the in-flight magazine opened it to the first photo and started drawing. About half an hour into it, I noticed that the kid stopped kicking, and when I looked in the isle, I had attracted a few onlookers including the kid. The picture took a record 2:30 hrs to finish, because I wanted the kid to stay put...and he did.

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  9. The black and white photo really is quite amazing. (Amazing story to go along with it too). It's so moody. (Not as eloquent as my mother, sorry =P)

    I'd hang it up on my wall, definitely. What medium do you use? You call them sketches, but it sure looks like paint to me.

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  10. hisham3:34 pm

    waw amazing b/w...
    is that you???
    would i ever be touched by this family gene?
    just amazing zan.

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