Tuesday, September 20, 2011


So I'm selling Moleskines that I've painted!
These are the simple cardboard notebooks; I find they're really useful and portable and perfect for when inspiration hits, plus they take paint reaaallyyy well.
These were all done with acrylic paint, acrylic ink, and sharpie (in the case of the red one). 
Detail shots of each follow below.
I am selling each for $25. 
If you'd like me to paint one of the leather bound journals, they will be just a little more expensive.
I'll take any and every request, so feel free to send any ideas you want to see my wayyyy!

p.s. I forgot to mention; to see really good quality images, click on these pictures to enlarge them :)







Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Sketchbook Update

Sorry about the random baby mouse and iPhone holding down my sketchbook in the second picture! I just couldn't get my Moleskine to cooperate and lie flat. Ah well, you get the picture :)

I drew this right after I got home after watching Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part II, and didn't know what to do with myself. I guess an apt description for this girl's emotions is distraught. I think that described my feelings at 3 am post Harry Potter quite nicely. Yay for closure and visual diaries!

I hope you like it :)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Dancing Tree

This one was commissioned by my momma!
It was always meant to be a tree, but I hadn't realized until later that it looked like it was dancing...
Like a dancer turned into a tree
Or a tree that just loves to dance...
Ergo: Dancing Tree :)

Friday, August 12, 2011

The Calm Before the Storm

Just a piece I painted for my friend Reid!
He likes water and light houses.
I like clouds and colors and storms.
This was the result!
I hope you like it :)

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Eid Greetings!

Ramadan Mubarak! The month of fasting has officially begun, and a project of mine has officially kicked off!

I'm selling printing and selling Eid cards with my own original artwork on the front. These cards are 4" x 5.5" and cost $2.50 per card, plust $5 for shipping if you'd like it mailed to you. They are sold in packages of multiples of 10 or 25. 25% of the proceeds from the sales will be donated to ONE, a grassroots organization that works to prevent extreme poverty and preventable disease, focusing their efforts on Africa. They do not ask for your money, although it is welcomed; they ask mostly for your voice. ONE firmly believes that one individual can make a world of difference. You can check out their website here: http://www.one.org/us/ . This is of particular importance now, during the month of Ramadan, when Muslims around the world fast during daylight hours in order to identify with the millions of people around the world who feel the pain of hunger every day of their lives.

At this very moment, there is an intense crisis in the Horn of Africa, where parts of Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia are facing a terrible drought that is endangering 12 million men, women, and children. Immediate aid is vital, but world leaders are responding much too slowly. Please visit this page to sign the petition to call our leaders' attention to this crisis and lend your voice for those who cannot: http://act.one.org/sign/horn_of_africa_us/ .

ONE has also partnered with Islamic Relief Fund, ISNA, and the Alliance To End Hunger to produce the 2011 Ramadan Action Guide, an Advocacy Resource on Hunger and Poverty, which you can download here: http://www.one.org/blog/2011/08/03/download-the-ramadan-action-guide-today/ .

This is part of my effort to establish an art business. I'd really like to expand into more Eid card designs as well as cards for every occasion. If you have any suggestions, I'd be thrilled to hear them! The cause that ONE stands for is very important to me, and all sales will help in our effort to help those suffering in the world. Even if you are not interested in cards, please please sign the petition and look up what ONE does. And if you know of others who may want to purchase cards, please let them know.

Email me at sadiaquddus.art@gmail.com with questions, orders, and suggestions. I'd love to hear from you!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Flash Back

Hey there! It's been awhile since I've posted, as I'm currently working on a few unfinished projects, so it's high time I updated! Since I don't have any current work to show, I've decided to post some of the work in my portfolio. These were completed in high school for my Advanced Placement art classes, and I'll try to post 3 or 4 regularly to give you an idea of what I like to do, and what happens to be on sale as well. I hope you enjoy, and please let me know what you think! The above piece is called London Calling, and was made as soon as I returned from the best vacation of my life. Its a collage of photos, ticket stubs, and postcards from the London trip, and I painted over it in acrylic. Its one of my absolute favorite pieces.

While we're on the subject of lamps... I find city lights very inspiring. Just the idea of a beacon in the darkness, guiding you home or elsewhere... it's very cool, plus the elusive quality of light is very fun to paint. This one was also inspired by London, and a poem of sorts that seemed to flow out of me is a definite part of the art. It's on sale for $55!

This is a playful piece inspired by several things, but after seeing the Prada collection of white leather handbags with inked pixies and fey girls drawn in a very graphic, scrolling, stylistic way, I wanted to try my hand at it too. This is what I came up with! It's india ink and chalk pastel on tissue paper embedded with bits of leaves, and supported by a sheet of matboard. This work is on sale for $115.

It's no secret that I'm in love with the human body! Anatomy is incredibly inspiring, and the human body is such an amazing machine; in fact, my junior year AP portfolio concentration was all about the human body and its interaction with nature, and how the seasons and human emotions interconnected. This particular piece I painted at the end of my senior year, and is more graphic, but with a painterly feel nonetheless. The bones are collaged with newspaper for texture, and painted over, and the body was done with acrylic india ink. I also used Sharpie and acrylic paint for the numbers and letters. What I like most about this piece is that its actually truly symbolic and has many layers of meaning, but there's no definable right answer. It could be inspired by barcodes and be a message about the materialization and objectification of mankind, or it could be inspired by the holocaust, or be the apathy we show to our fellow humans around the world who are dying in droves in different warzones. It's really up to your interpretation, depending on how you think, which is really what art is, isn't it? A way to discover how you think? Anyway, this one is on sale for $150!


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Character Sketch 1

I'm going to start uploading what I work on in my sketchbook. Usually that's the type of art that's mostly my version of brainstorming. Visions I have in my head that need to spill out, or notes I need to remember... there's really no organization to it, and as such, its probably the most free I get with drawing. There's no need to overthink things in your sketchbook, because it's like a visual diary. At least, it is to me. Recently I've been having some story ideas in my head (okay, one story), and to get a better idea of my characters, it helps if I create character sketches. Here's one such sketch!

Watercolor + Ink

I saw a couple of art blogs and fashion sketches that mix watercolors and ink, so I wanted to give it a go as well; it creates a pretty cool juxtaposition of the watery and sort of free-form, unpredictable paint, with the more intense and precise strokes of the pen or pencil. Portraits are really my favorite things to do, so these were pretty fun, and I'd like to do some more, perhaps on a bigger scale, perhaps with real models and not just faces in my imagination.

Here are some closeups!

Friday, July 8, 2011

"The Pretty One"

This is a portrait of my maternal grandmother at age 16. She's one of the most inspiring people I know, and was probably a princess. I mean, really. Look at her! She's incredibly beautiful, even at 16 (umm hello? Ever hear of awkward puberty? Obviously not.) In the village in Bangladesh where she grew up, there were three or four other girls with the same name as her, Monowara, Manu for short. To tell them all apart, the other villagers ascribed appropriate adjectives to their first names. Hers was "Shondori Manu," literally translated as "Pretty Manu." She was The Pretty One. When she showed me this picture, I had to draw it. And I've finally finished it!

Here are some detail shots below:

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Fresh Canvas

Last night, mon pere took me to buy more art supplies. I'm about to embark on the biggest project I've ever done (that enormous canvas above). My father's commissioned a painting of the Kazan Mosque, a picture of which I shall post below. I've been trying to figure out what to do with that canvas for ages now; I'm so glad I've discovered its purpose. Alright... now to get started.

Farewell, Windy City

This is one of my favorite pictures from my recent trip to Chicago. I took it from the plane as we flew away. It just perfectly represents the frenetic energy of the city, don't you think?


I'm so so excited to start this blog! For the record, this is my third, but the one I'm most psyched about. My other Blogger account was for my World Literature class, and my Tumblr serves as storage for all the things that inspire me.

But this. This. This is going to be where I exercise my artistic muscle. That sounds terribly cheesy, but honestly, that's exactly what this is! I'm an Architecture + Plan II (liberal arts honors) student at the University of Texas in Austin, and I have a bit of a creativity bug. I like to make things. I draw, I paint, I design, I photograph, I write, I play piano, I read (a TON), and I'm inspired by anything and everything around me.

Here I'll keep track of all my artistic endeavors and projects, and document the adventure. Okay, perhaps its not that epic, but as any artist/creative person will tell you: Process is EVERYTHING. Wow. Who knew I'd echo my design professors one day?

I sell my work too, and work on commission as well. If there's anything you want, shoot me an e-mail at sadiaquddus.art@gmail.com, and I'd be thrilled to work with you!

Well, I dunno where this is going to go, but I guess it's my first step to whatever journey this might end up to be. Thank YOU for reading this and joining me :)

Welcome to my imagination!