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!