This illustration was actually an unfinished piece from 2018 that I came across it whilst I was organising my files on my laptop. That’s when the idea hit me, and I was able to complete the piece with haste because it just was the perfect composition and concept for me to portray an issue I feel really passionate about and that is incredibly close to home.
As we all slowly adjust back to reality and lockdown eases; remember this isn’t a moment, it’s a movement. Protect the young black minds that will drive the next generation, we are all helping to bring change.
BLACK LIVES STILL MATTER.
My lovely and dear friend Cleo has launched Eclipse Magazine and as part of the launch, I will be hosting a virtual life drawing session in collaboration with them! I’m very excited to do this, I absolutely love life drawing and I truly believe it was the key in to helping me master drawing.
Please do come along and tune in on Instagram Live.
Wednesday 3rd June, 12pm.
New artwork for new single Cosy by the talented and most loyal bro Nics featuring the OG Manga St. Hilare. Really happy with this piece because of the use of colour and the fun of portraying a burning sunset. The single Cosy is now available to stream on all streaming platforms, check it out!
New artwork I illustrated for Nics’ latest and absolute fire track Camping – now streaming on all music platforms and featured in my Aliyah Art Spotify playlist here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1OSgM4RTWjPSJVhcMfZzpV?si=nqrafm7wRMq_g06MSGi2rg
Since reaching Twitch Affiliate, I’ve been so happy and wearing lilac/purple this whole week! Including this illustration I’ve been doing on stream which is my Teasona – for those who don’t know, I love a cuppa tea! I also drink it often in my streams, so I only felt it adequate to draw myself with Lavender-like tea leaves chilling (or brewing?) in tea. What I love about drawing my own original artworks is that you can really express how you’re feeling at the time, and it’s always fun to reflect back on!
I wanted to share the good news that a week ago, I became a Twitch Affiliate! I’m so overwhelmed and thankful for everyone’s ongoing support and enjoyment of what I do. I’m so excited to continue on my journey combining my love for art and games then sharing that with others too!
Also in this current, strange situation with COVID-19, particularly in London right now, it’s an opportunity for me to continue on with this! (Even though I’m mostly home doing these things anyway xD). I am able to work from home with my day job then hop straight in to a stream, so do keep a lookout and follow me for more!
Take care of yourselves. ❤
I am now frequently livestreaming on Twitch my art and video game playthroughs too!
Do come and check it out.
I feel that livestreaming for me as an artist and also a gamer is a great way for me to showcase and marry two of my most favourite hobbies and share that with my friends and community. I am looking forward to seeing where this takes me! Below are two illustrations that I completed on the livestream.
The work continues on making album artwork illustrations for EPs and singles! I always enjoy doing these because it’s so rewarding seeing the track out on all good streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple Music etc.) with my artwork clearly shown. The latest piece and also a popular favourite is ‘All of Them’ by Sa’el who was wonderful to work with!
Scroll through the gallery to see the progress from start to finish of the acrylic painting! I absolutely love Willow Smith and after her latest album dropped, I was inspired to paint her and this selfie she posted was so colourful and ethereal, I just had to paint it! I absolutely love painting and found it incredibly relaxing – I definitely will be doing more. 🙂