Free, downloadable Islamic art colouring sheets for children

Please feel free to download and print these children’s colouring sheets! I created these activities a few years ago, whilst working on a practical, hands-on, children’s guide to Islamic art. Sadly, my publisher was unable to complete the project due … Continue reading

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New work added to my gallery!

…and about time, too! New work has been added to the artwork and illustration galleries, and I have updated the workshop section with images from my classes in Doha and Cambridge. Pop along and take a look! P.S. This beautiful … Continue reading

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Sketchbook Pages

Just a few bird studies from my sketchbook. I’ve used a 0.2 waterproof marker with watercolour pencils in the sketch above. I’m pretty pleased with the vibrancy of the pencils – didn’t expect for them to be so nice and … Continue reading

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The Enchanted Horse

Story illustration to ‘The Enchanted Horse’ from The Arabian Nights. A Persian Prince whisks his beloved Bengali Princess across the sky on a magical ebony horse. Gouache, watercolour, gold leaf, shell gold and handmade Indian papers on hot-pressed watercolour paper.

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Introducing Ali Baba and family!

“There once lived in a town of Persia two brothers, one named Cassim and the other Ali Baba. Their father divided a small inheritance equally between them. Cassim married a very rich wife, and became a wealthy merchant. Ali Baba … Continue reading

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Ali Baba character sketches

Just a few character sketches relating to the Ali Baba illustration, that I posted yesterday. Enjoy!

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Pretty Patterns from Islamic Textiles: Part 2

Salwar Kameez illustration by Ayesha Gamiet 2010 Just a little sneaky peek at an illustration that I have been working on recently. I’m not sure whether or not it’s finished yet – I may add a few more details to … Continue reading

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What’s in a face?

  There Was Once A Girl… by Ayesha Gamiet (2009) Just recently, my eight-year old niece was off school due to a cold. During the day, her Mum had to run some errands, so I agreed that she could spend … Continue reading

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The Princess and The Pea

King, Queen and Prince by Ayesha Gamiet (2009) Yesterday, I mentioned that I’d taken an evening class in Children’s Book Illustration. Above is one of the illustrations that I produced on the course. We were set a brief to produce … Continue reading

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Adventures in the world of children’s book illustration

They Fluttered Like Two Butterflies by Ayesha Gamiet (2009) Although it has been a long-cherished dream of mine to write and illustrate children’s books, I’ve only recently embarked upon this wonderful and fantastic path. Last year, I took a series … Continue reading

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