Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Custom Dog Portrait - AsmaOriginal


The latest custom dog portrait I did this month. You can find all the custom pet portraits layout in my Etsy shop here. It is also the last custom portrait I am doing before I go on Vacation to central France and Copenhagen. Very excited!

First, I illustrated this lovely Jack Russell called Parker.
Then a sweet poodle mix called Frankie. Love love love <3.

Follow me on Instagram to see my work in progress and stories. I also have a new Instagram account called AsmaInspired for all my original mixedmedia illustrations.

See you there!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

7 Amazing Illustrators to Follow on Instagram - Art Inspiration


Social media outlets are becoming a big source of inspiration in the modern world of technology. Amazing artists are more and more showcasing their artwork online and even showcasing their work process and behind the scenes. One of the most important platforms to display pictures is Instagram which I find a huge source of inspiration for me as an artist. Here are six amazing illustrators that I find very inspired by on Instagram.

1. joojoopaper
I love Afsaneh's work! Very elegant and clean. In fact, she is my first inspiration to open an Etsy shop and work on my art photography. I invite you to check her illustrations and be carried away in her magical universe where all humans, animals and plants live in harmony.


2. amyjpeg
I discovered the work of Amy in an issue of Flow Magazine France few years ago and fell in love with it ever since. The painting "Girl With a Pigeon" is my all time favorite! I love watching her videos where she shares her work process and how she does her amazing patterns.


3. Sibylline_m
Sibylline magical portraits using markers and inks. She also makes those very cute pins out of her illustrations. She is such an inspiration to her over 324,000 followers on Instagram.


4. emmablockillustration
Emma is a London based illustrator who also teach watercolor art and lettering workshops. You can see her work process through her Instagram stories. She is currently working on writing and illustrating an art book which is amazing!


5. inameliart
Amelia creates whimsical illustrations with exquisite details. She makes fun portraits of cats, dogs, horses and even bears and lions with a touch of mystery and quirkiness.


6. augustwren
Jennifer makes mesmerizing illustrations Everyday. I can watch her painting forever! Her Instagram feed is always full of colors and beautiful details. Check her sketch book "Draw Every Day Draw Every Way" to have a motivation for painting every day!
7. maggiecoledraws
I am absolutely in love with Maggie's quirky portraits! She set herself a goal of #100daysofhair and only few paintings are left to accomplish it.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Travel Custom Family Portrait - AsmaOriginal

Summer time had started and we can really sens it with the extreme heat here in Dubai (over 45 degrees). But since I love travel I also love summer time as it means vacation time!
Mixed Media Custom Family Portrait

The custom portraits I did the most this summer was family custom portraits which I enjoy a lot. I did several once and the I am showing in this post is the last one I finish before I go on vacation my self. We had planned to leave to a lovely village in central France and to Copenhagen.

Paper Collage for the Outfits
I enjoyed illustrating nine countries for this family portrait. The mediums I used are watercolors, acrylics, paper collage, glitter and leather.

Illustrating Austria using watercolors, paper collage and acrylics
Illustrating Angkor Thom in Cambodia using watercolors

 My shop on Etsy displays all the layouts I offer for travel portraits.

The portrait I am currently working on is a pet portrait and will let you know about it soon!

Have a colorful day!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Visiting Green Land Dubai - A Tropical Forest in the Middle of the Desert

Today we have visited the first indoor tropical forest in the UAE located in City Walk Dubai. The best place in my opinion to escape the heat of the summer with kids in Dubai. We went as a family and started our visit from the fourth floor going down. Surrounded by a living ecosystem of canopy.
Looking up at the dome from the entrance
Seeing all the exotic plants, animals and insects was very inspiring for me. I felt curious like a child and enjoyed interacting with the animals. I must mention how friendly the staff was showing us some animals out of their cages. I even touched a snail for the first time in my life.
Excited to see my favorite animal of all; the chameleon
I was also excited to see a toucan up close. To see more of my illustrations follow me on Istagram @asmaoriginal
The green planet provides a program throughout the day to interact with some animals. We had the chance to see the sloth at the time we arrived. We watched him climb a tree and eat his meal. My daughter was very interested!
The sloth climbing slowly and with ease
 The dome is a home to more than 3,000 plants and animals inducing birds, reptiles, spiders, insects and fish. We discovered them all walking down 4  stages around a giant tree. We kept looking left and right trying to see the most of it.
My daughter Sara, always ready for adventure!

We had the chance to see many animals up close and even to touch them
We surly had a wonderful experience that I recommend for anyone visiting Dubai, especially with kids. This a link to their website for more information: http://www.thegreenplanetdubai.com/en

Have you already visited the Green Planet? Say in the comments below what was your favorite animal to see!