When people get tattoos of my work it sets my heart alight.
The first image is my painting 'The Descent', the second is Iain Morrison’s arm with ink by Sydney-based tattoo artist Sprinkles who did an amazing job translating my work onto skin.
Anonymous said: how do you draw/paint hair? i've seen your video but i just couldn't do those lines properly :( you're very awesome and i love your process videos!!!
If you’ve seen the video I don’t know how else to show you.. Don’t expect perfection first time round, mastering techniques take practice! X
Anonymous said: what kinda pen did you use to write? it looks really nice! or it's probably just your awesome handwriting! :)
I’m sorry, I don’t know what you’re referring to! If it’s my handwriting it’s either just a ballpoint or a fineliner (in which case either an Artline or a Copic multiliner).
Anonymous said: Do you live on just the income from your artwork? Or do you have an other job? Love your work btw!
I work as a digital designer three days a week at a tiny little tech studio in Surry Hills, the rest of the days I freelance ^.^
Anonymous said: Can you give tips on life drawing? I have no background whatsoever on the human body/anatomy but I do draw but I still find it difficult to start! I noticed you just started life drawing yourself and I wanted to have your take on how you started?
Yes! I went for my second round just yesterday! And I love it!
I’ve taught myself everything I’ve learnt regarding drawing the human body and anatomy, but I think it was an easy fit for me because I’ve gained experience through my graphite studies of animals (1, 2, 3) I do in preparation for painting, I basically use the same techniques. I find it makes it easier if you focus on the shapes that stand out at you without worrying whether or not you completely finish the pose - I think the little details are the only important parts anyway.. Much love my darling! x
Anonymous said: I saw your video of you singing "the first day of my life" on instagram. you are very cool singer and guitarist. if you have the full video, put it please
I don’t have the full video! Sorry my darling!
Anonymous said: hello i was wondering if you could help me, I'm hoping to study art next year and I feel quite stuck with my art. i dont know where to begin, or how to begin or what to draw or where to draw before next year, please help! ^.^
Hey beauty, studying art is about being a beginner and learning. So if you don’t know where to begin, this tertiary experience will help you. It’s not about where or what to draw that you need to concern yourself with, it’s how you draw. Being a beginner means you need to fill your creative toolbox with skills that will allow you to express yourself and represent ideas and concepts visually.
I’m definitely an advocate for, and an example of someone who learns, develops skills and creates outside of university/my day job, and always have been, but that’s because I had those skills prior to doing my Bachelors. If you don’t want to wait for uni to start, to begin learning (and so you shouldn’t), there is plenty of basic skill tutorials on the internet so do a quick Google search, check your art store/book store for how-to books to develop your skills, or involve yourself in art-based activities like life-drawing.
Take baby steps, and if that’s too hard, don’t stress. You’re studying art because of your potential and not because you already need to be a world class artist. Much love x
Anonymous said: what iphone do you have? :)
I have a 5S ^.^
Anonymous said: Hi Sha'an!! Wanted to say I absolutely love your art. It's so whimsical and has this magical air to it. I have a few questions about your perspective on art school. Did you go to art school? Was it worth your while? Do you recommend it to everyone that wants to do art as a profession? Just wanted to know your opinion b/c I'm thinking about going but the tuition in the US is sooo ridiculous...I just want it to be worth all the loans I might need to get :< Sorry if these questions are too personal
Answer. And thank you so much for your kind words!
Anonymous said: I want your artwork tattooed on my body it's so beautiful (id never do it tho bc it's your original work but like it's so good I want it permanently around and on me)
I have no problem with people getting my work tattooed, I find it to be one of the biggest compliments - someone loves my work enough to get it inked on their skin forever - you know? I only ask that people do research into tattoo artists that can work with watercolour, and who will be able to translate my work onto skin because not everyone can. I also usually ask people to email me an unedited photo in natural light of the tattoo so I can look at it with awe and thrill and maybe even post it to my social media! ^.^ x
Anonymous said: Hey Sha'an! There's something I'd like to ask you. I'm a beginner in watercolour, I know the best way to learn things when it comes to art is trial and error. But since I'm financially challanged and art supplies are a luxury in where I live, I can't be too extravagant with my experiments. So I'm trying to gather information from artists I love. My question is, when you paint a whale for example, what do you do to keep the paint inside the whale and keep it from running over the lines?
Water, concentration and the skills that come with practice! It’s all about understanding what you’re working with and being able to predict how the pigment is going to move across the paper! So like any technique, knowing what to do is not enough, you also need to practice. If you can’t afford artist quality supplies, student watercolours are great for practice and really, really inexpensive. Good luck! X
Anonymous said: Your artworks are very beautiful and so are you :-) I just wanted to know what's your painting technique? Thank you! - from a Filipino fan
Hello beautiful! I never know how to answer this question. I wasn’t formally trained to paint with watercolour I just picked up bits and pieces, here and there and through trial and error, so I don’t know many technical names or even if my techniques are proper techniques! I’m sorry I can’t be of more help! Shooting love back atcha from Sydney! X
Anonymous said: judging by your url, i think you're a sweet person :D
Can I put that on my CV?