BY ANAAM IKRAM
Eldest of the three, Moosa, was the first to pick up a pencil and start sketching, followed by his sister, Eman, who would observe her brother as he drew, and combined, they nurtured the same skill in their youngest sister, Zahra. Experts in producing astonishing portraits, the Al Ahmed siblings spoke to Perle Magazine about their commitment to the art and how it has paved a way for them work in harmony and garner an impressive number of clients who request their work.
With a background in digital design, Moosa’s interest in sketching began at a young age as he watched his aunt, artist Zahra Marhoom produce her art pieces. Inspired by her work, Moosa started by sketching freehand using a pencil and over time evolved his style to incorporate different media such as charcoal, soft pastels, oil paints, and acrylic paints. Eman followed in the footsteps of her brother shortly after, at the young age of 9 years old. A nurse by profession, Eman says she first started practicing her skills by drawing people around her, whether it was her family, friends, and even her teachers during classes, and adds she has kept those childhood drawings to this day. As her skills progressed, Eman says she started to work with charcoal and now creates her work using both pencil and charcoal, and on occasion uses pastels as well. Having learnt at the hands of her older siblings, Zahra pursued art as higher studies and joined Moosa and Eman in drawing portraits. Working as an art teacher in a private school, Zahra varied her style of making portraits than that from her siblings, by using mostly colour pencils to create her work and even incorporating Magic Markers in some of her drawings.
Drawing incredibly detailed portraits of their customers, Eman explained that they work with different sizes based on the demand. “In a month, I get around 6 or 7 paintings to do” says Zahra, whose immaculate portrait skills have accumulated her 11,000 followers on Instagram within a short time span. The portraits, they explain, are often made as presents customers would like to give away. Eman says she has dedicated herself to creating art for the hospital she works at as the different departments always request her to make paintings when events take place as well decorating the halls and wards with her artwork. Moosa’s artwork can been seen in their family home as well as a stained-glass painting of his design accents a wall and reflects bright colours during the day as the sunlight passes through it.
Taking an average of around 7 hours to create a painting, Eman says art allows an escape from the perils of work. Even working on drawings on her days off, Eman says she is never too tired to create art. Zahra adds that seeing the reaction of people after they see their portrait complete is an incredibly rewarding experience, which overshadows the time-consuming element of creating a portrait.
Paying attention to every detail while meticulously working on their portraits, the Al Ahmed siblings’ mastery resulted in an appearance on Bahrain TV. “People always ask me if I am going to do any art workshops, but I have not done any yet” Zahra says, and adds that for anyone looking to improve their skills they need to constantly draw and now can easily learn online from watching YouTube videos or by looking at their favourite artists’ Instagram pages.
Producing breathtaking portraits using simple tools, the talented artists say they enjoy working with each other and want to continue to do so as though each of them has an individual way of creating a portrait, their styles are similar and they are happy with that. For the future, they say they hope to eventually open an art space where they can display their work and it will serve as an extension to their current significant online presence.
For more information:
Moosa – (00973) 36655770
Eman – (00973) 34177444
Zahra – (00973) 36555212
Moosa – @alahmede
Eman – @_emanartist_
Zahra – @zahraartist
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