Artist, Career, UI Design, User Interface Design

#Dailyui 100 Day Challenge/Day 022

I am still plugging away at these designs. I am determined to improve my UI knowledge and skills. The above design challenge is my day 22. The challenge was to design something “search” related. Other than that it is pretty open-ended.

Figma has been a great tool to learn these design skills with. I love that it is free and open source. Falls in line with my philosophy of ethics and community.

I have begun courses on Coursera in UI design. So far, I am learning good stuff. I now understand how to work on “a project” well, I am in the middle of creating my first project. But, that’s leaps ahead of a couple of weeks ago, I had no idea what a project entailed in the UI world.

So there you go, you know what you know! Right?

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Art, Art for Sale, Artist, Home Decor

Visit my Society6 ArtShop for Original Home Decor

Here is the link to my Artshop where you can select one of these two original pieces to add to your decor.

But please feel free to shop around for some other great framed art, canvases, and select cool products. All of the work is original, designed and created by me from either paintings or pastels.

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Art, Career, technology, UI Design, User Interface Design

#DailyUI Design Challenge Day 010

Doing the #DailyUI Design Challenge to make myself a better designer and to learn Figma is proving a good exercise in consistency and committment.

I am learning and improving in a short time, in my knowledge and understanding of UI Design, and Design in general. It is really a matter of learning these new tools, such as the Figma platform and digital tools, instead of paint brushes and pencils.

Of course I am still a beginner with so much to learn. Taking some online courses and tutorials helps too. But, doing 100 days of design challenges is an excellent practice tool.

In this challenge I designed a Social share page for a music App. I designed it specifically for the iPhone 8.

Hope you like it!

Feedback is desired, so please hit me up with your comments! 

 

 

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Career, technology, UI Design, User Interface Design

#Dailyui Design Challenge Day 007

On my Journey to learn and transition into UI design from Fine Arts, I’ve taken on the #Dailyui 100 day design challenge.

This is my Day 007 design.

I am simultaneously learning Figma to create these designs. Above is a screen shot of a SETTINGS page, I created in the Figma platform, of a fictional Dog Walking/Companion website.

Here it is in its IphoneX container.

What do you think?

Drop comments and feedback below.

Thanks everyone!

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Artist, Career, digital divide, technology

#Dailyui 100 Day Design Challenge

I am excited to participate in the #dailyui design challenge. This design is my Day 2 of the challenge. The task was to create a credit card checkout form. I’ve chosen to create a checkout form for an Olympus camera, from an online photography re-sell site. I am also learning Figma, a great intuitive, somewhat new, collaborative and Web-based  platform, which I’ve used to design this checkout form.

Recently I’ve decided to pursue and transition into learning UI/UX Design (User interface/User experience Design) from a traditional fine art background. I find the field a perfect blending of my Fine Arts, Art Therapy/Psychology and Social Justice/Democracy backgrounds and passions.

I’ve chosen to self-educate with online courses, tutorials and networking/meetups in the industry. So far, after 1 month in, I feel super excited with everything I am learning, and I’ve already attended my first Design Meetup. UI/UX Design feels like the perfect next step in my career!

Please hit me with your critiques/feedback on my design as it really helps with progress!

 

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Heart and Forest Oil Paintings merged into an ArtDesign
Art, Artist, Transgender artist

Have a Heart it’s the Best way to be!

I love people who lead their life from their heart. I try, well really, I feel at my best when I listen to my heart and lead a life from a place of love. I think we all come into this life feeling our way with our heart, for the most part. Don’t you? I mean, yes, it’s true some lead more with their brains and all of that good stuff, but… don’t you FEEL better when you live a heart-felt life?

I create art from the heart. I know some artists whose vantage point begins from the objectivity of their minds. If I really dissected it, I believe you cannot separate your mind from your heart, and the sweet-spot is teetering, somewhere right in the middle! Teetering on that high you achieve when you are living a balanced existence, in the moment, in the flow, that sweet dance between your heart and mind, working simultaneously, creating the flow that we all strive for as artists.

My Oil painting “Heart” above came from a process of feeling the flow, extemporaneously and impulsively. I typically begin a painting by haphazardly throwing caution to the wind and lobbing some paint onto my canvas, pushing it around until I see color, shape or form that peaks my interest. I work spontaneous and for the most part, fast.

I took a couple of my oil paintings, Heart and Forest, and merged them into an “ArtDesign” in the layout App from Instagram. I feel making art and writing has a way of keeping me in constant re-invention or re-vision. It pleases my need to satiate my excessive and constant desire for stimulation of the mind. I love the journey, the adventure, the discovery. Ultimately it’s the process I am hooked on. I’m sure many of you can relate.

I love when I work in oil paints. I love the viscous thick feeling of oil paint. It feels alive and it responds in a physical, almost alive manner, or – to my physicality the best. However, it can become challenging to wait for it to dry. So, for this I like to switch between both Oils and Acrylics. The quick drying time of acrylic allows for my fast spontaneous art and the more physical and demanding nature of oils satisfies the need for a longer adventure. Similar to short content verses long form content in writing.

We need both experiences from time to time. At least I do to feel balanced and whole.

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Creating ArtDesigns from my Original Artwork has become Addictive!

The act of making art is complicated, but I found a fantastic method to uncomplicate the process that has struck a chord within me. I follow the idea that Abraham Hicks– one of my favorite guru’s – has instilled in my brain. Go with the flow, go downstream!

Some time ago (last year) I lost my job and began this fantastic journey back to my artistic soul, for which I sputtered and spattered along with, for many a moon. After deep contemplation – as we all do when bad things happen – I made a vow to focus as an artist, solely on my artistic path. At first this was uncomplicated, I picked up my pastels and went to town. Boom! The magic happened. I was going with the flow, going downstream. Before I knew it, I went through all my art supplies and had a small fun new collection of artwork. I was back on deck, flying high on my artistic horse.

Until…

I had no more supplies and no more money. Crap. Now what, I thought. So as misery set in once again, I took to my iphone and searched. I searched and searched some more. Then I came across the Layout App from instagram in my Apple store. Simple? Yes, but, oh how the lightbulb went off in my brain!

I started playing around with this tool and creating what I call ArtDesigns, using the photo’s I had of my original paintings and pastels. I came back to my artistic flow once again, but this time it was almost too simple.  This original oil pastel is called “Bowing Down to the Universe”Bowing Down to the Universe.jpg

Of course, because it was so simple, I questioned the legitimacy of this tool. I was so snobbish with myself, I almost failed to see the sheer beauty in it. Solution! duh… and it is free, fun, easy and a whole- lot- less- messy. The clean up has always been my least favorite with painting.

I am making some interesting abstractions and designs using my original artwork as a base. 

The Universe Hovers Above #1

This ArtDesign is called “The Universe Hovers Above #1”,  it was created in the layout App from my original acrylic painting (below). This painting was created originally from my oil pastel, which is the very first piece in this series.

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The process allows my desire to work fast and clean and abstractly to flourish – with a feeling of satisfaction and an excitement to create more.

The Universe Hovers Above #2

This ArtDesign is called “The Universe Hovers Above #2” and below you will see a patterned abstract – almost non-objective piece – called “The Universe Emanates”

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I am satisfied with this little collection for now, however, don’t be surprised if I expand on it. That is why we are all on this beautiful planet – to expand.

All Images ©Jay Mora-Shihadeh

If you would like to see more of my art and ArtDesigns visit me on instagram https://www.instagram.com/jaymora_art/ 

And if you want to purchase my art and ArtDesigns on products or framed prints visit my art shop on Society6 – https://society6.com/artdesignsjaymorashihadeh

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Oil Pastels

    

Acrylic Paint

    

Watercolor Blocks (Paper)

  

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