FROM SCRATCH – CLOSING CEREMONY

Thursday 7th April 2022

The closing ceremony for the first successful group exhibition by my good, dear friend Annette Fernando is happening this Thursday. I am very happy to announce that not only did I feature in the exhibition, but I’ll also be hosting the event on the night!

I felt with my experience and confidence built up from doing YouTube videos and Twitch livestreams, this was the next step up for me to go. I am very excited to host and present on the night!

There will be exclusive postcards of the artwork featured in the exhibition for sale, also some amazing performances from bands, musicians to spoken word poets on the night.

Being part of this exhibition has been such an achievement for me, I’m so happy to be able to share my artwork with my friends and family. It’s made me hungry for more – I will be featuring in more group exhibitions and soon will have my own solo exhibition too (it’s about time I did!)

This has made me proud to call myself an Artist!

redrawing of a classic

I decided to redraw this classic and quite iconic illustration I did back in 2018 but with more of how I currently draw, line and colour my work. I even corrected a few things that always annoyed me (like the hat) but I wanted above all to not change it too much to the point of overkill. So I kept true to the orignal as much as possible. You can really see the progress I’ve made in 4 years!

Aliyah Art Store on Etsy

I wanted to create some content for my social media that showcases how I package my prints and the quality of the products I have for sale on my Etsy.

As well as this, I wanted to show reviews from recent customers which have been nothing but positive in a fun way! I had the idea to create it similar to the iMessage format. I designed the speech bubbles in Adobe Illustrator, downloaded the SF fonts and then created the templates in Photoshop to complete and save off for web and social media apps. These were the results!

HANAMI 2021

Hanami (花見, “flower viewing”) is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers; I wanted to finally create an illustration celebrating the beautiful cherry blossoms of spring. I adore spring and it’s definitely my favourite season!

Moody Knits

I recently did an art influencer collaboration with my good friend’s new brand Moody Knits where she knits beautiful, chunky, long and colourful scarves and other knitwear! The pandemic has truly bought the best out of her and we did a collaboration together where she gifted me a bespoke scarf and commissioned an illustration from me too!

You can see the collab over on my instagram https://www.instagram.com/aliyahart/

Here is also Moody Knits’ instagram too https://www.instagram.com/m00dyknits/

Body Positivity

During the second lockdown in UK, I was asked by the major lingerie brand (that I also love!) Curvy Kate, to do my first partnership takeover with them on Instagram! They wanted me to model the sets they sent over to me and also create a piece of art. It was both very exciting and nerve-wrecking as I’ve not ever modelled lingerie before, nor ever fathomed the thought of it because I’ve always felt really insecure about my body for as long as I can remember.

This opened the gates to body positivity for me, something I have followed for so long to feel reassured about myself. Now it’s my turn to get to be a part of that movement too and inspire others! The reality is that I am actually very sporty and very fit, but my body doesn’t change shape or “lose weight” this is just my frame – and I am healthy and CURVY!

Check out my takeover in the story highlights here: https://www.instagram.com/curvykate/

OCEAN – It’s Not About

OCEAN’s latest single ‘It’s Not About’ is now out on all good streaming platforms! It’s a beautiful ballad and she is super talented, I’m so honoured to have worked on the cover artwork for this awesome song which is so catchy!

OCEAN – Amnesia Artwork

With over 50,000 streams on Spotify alone, I am so proud of the collaboration on this artwork for OCEAN’s first every single ‘Amnesia’. It’s so catchy and dreamy – definitely go and have a listen to it! With the success of this collab, I can confirm we will be doing another one very soon!

A BAD BXTCH

I recently made myself a Spotify playlist to lift up my mood, help me feel good and remind myself of the bad B I really am. I think it’s important for us women to empower ourselves, to take ownership and feel good about our bodies too! This is what I was channelling whilst drawing this image.

You can follow the Spotify playlist here!