Cindy El Sharouni

Introducing Cindy El Sharouni, featured artist from Steampunk Animals Special (97) and Collection Horses (33).

How long have you been illustrating and what made you start?
I've been drawing since the age of 3 and won my first statewide competition in New York at age 5 and first art exhibition at age 7. The painting I had submitted at age 5 was of a horse. Which was coincidentally my first adult colouring book around 2016: "The Amazing World of Horses". Of course through the years I have also found a love of drawing animals and people (portraits etc...) How I started? My parents saw how much I was into drawing, they just kept providing with supplies and space so that I can always be drawing and painting and experimenting.

Where do you get your inspiration?
Now since I draw other subject matter besides horses, I get inspiration for absolutely everything around me from textiles to art exhibitions, even my husband who is also an artist.

Where is your favourite place to illustrate?
Don't really have a favourite place. My most serious place is on the dining room table since it's spacious but my relaxing place is on the couch with the family while they watch a movie and I try to sneak some glimpses while drawing.

What are your illustrating/colouring material essentials?
For illustrating, I use a wide array from hard to soft pencils and I ink with black illustration pens. Then I scan my artwork to clean it up and vectorise it. My favourite pencils are Prismacolor.

What’s the piece of work that you’re most proud of or enjoyed doing the most?
My most proud of work continuously changes. It is usually one of the latest because I am constantly growing and improving. I don't think I will even stop learning. The more you draw or colour the better and easier it gets and I think this is infinite no matter how long you've been doing it.

Artist's tip

There are so many tips I can give but the first thing that comes to mind it being able to use both gel pens and coloured pencils on your illustration. I would start with gel pens and then over lay with coloured pencils. This can give such a vibrant look.

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