Ali in Autumn

Something I’ve been working on and experimenting with a new style and way of colouring. Also I uploaded before the end of November so it still counts as Autumn!

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Oct ID

In keeping with my challenge, here is my October ID design! Inspired by my trip to the Lavender Fields back in August! I used ink and copics here to also go with my inktober challenge! I will collate all images from this year and 2016 on to a page soon so keep a look out ๐Ÿ™‚

Sept ID

There was a problem with uploading this last month but here you are and it includes a plus one where I celebrated the first day of Autumn!

Portrait Commissions

Aside from the long term commissions for illustrating children’s book, I have also taken on a couple of short term commissions. These were both for the same client (and old friend!) both portraits were birthday presents – what could be more of a surprise and a unique gesture than giving an illustrated portrait!

Projects Progression

I would like to update you on what I’ve been doing for the past few months of 2017. As well as doing personal ventures, I have been illustrating 2 books – working on the sequel to ‘Superstar Kids’ and a new title called ‘The Adventurers’. I have been volunteering as an Artist at Paddington Arts, a local youth centre which I have been going to since I was a child so I am very happy to be giving back to them! AND a collaboration painting with Annette Fernando, this was for the 24 Hearts project in tribute for Grenfell Tower and in time for Carnival.

http://24hearts.org/ย 

https://www.superstarkidsbook.com/

I have definitely been the busy bee, have a look below to find some of the recently finished pieces. I am very proud of what I have achieved so far, to see progression in my art style and way of working is very satisfying and I aim to keep this up!

August ID

It’s taken me a while longer to create this month’s ID as I’ve been busy with numerous projects!

All will be revealed come September ๐Ÿ™‚

Moana Cosplay at Hyper Japan 2017

A few months ago, I signed up to be entered for the COSParade at Hyper Japan this year. Only earlier last week did they get back with confirmation! Excited and also freaking out (I had nothing planned!) I looked up and Tahitian dance moves, practiced and created my own dance routine in a matter of days. On the day of the COSParade, we got our numbers of what order we were, I was 43; the last to go on. Lining up as I got the nearer to the stage, the more real it became and I got really nervous. I was taking deep breaths, trying not to panic and remind myself this is something I really want to do, above all I wanted to face my fears and up my confidence. Now was my time to do it as Moana! When I hit the stage, I did my 1 minute performance to ‘Logo Te Pate’ and did all I could to own the stage. This was my moment to shine! It also helped to see Mo in the audience cheering me on and waving right at me ๐Ÿ™‚

Once finished with my performance, the COSParade was over. I am so happy with myself for doing it! So many of the other cosplayers were in awe of my performance too. A girl said to me once you hit the stage with the music and we saw your amazing dance routine (and hips!), we all went silent and everyone backstage was watching you – you were so AMAZING! So many of the girls loved it and it really flattered me, I couldn’t believe it! I’m so proud of myself to have ‘felt the fear and do it anyway’! I’m even more touched it got across to a whole bunch of people – I found a tweet of a photo someone took saying how excited they were to see Moana! Whilst walking around Hyper Japan afterwards, everybody commented “Great performance!” to me and asked for a picture. I loved it! I love to cosplay, I’ve always wanted to do it since I was a teen but everyone called me weird or childish for it. I am so happy to have finally found a place where I can be myself, be accepted and cheered on by everyone! Little 13 year old Aliyah will be crying tears of joy.