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Artistic Inspirations Part 1 - Draw - Story - Dubai Artist - Sketch about Simple things

Updated on August 27, 2011

Most of my art pieces are inspiration based upon experiences from my everyday life. You can never run out of ideas to create a masterpiece if you just look around and learn to derive pleasure and happiness from little things in life.

So let's cherish it and make good of what we have, rather than what we don't. What may come out of it could be a beautiful impression by way of art, writings or even a good deed. Artistic inspirations can pop up from anywhere. For example, it is most likely when you are relaxing in the shower or while driving, waiting in a traffic jam, or listening to your favorite FM channel.

This is a story about how I enjoy every little thing in life and freeze it into my sketches or writings or collections. At the end of it, I am happy I have made something worthwhile.

Someday when I look through my works, it will rewind me to that very pleasurable moment in life; much like what photographs do to us.

I’ve grown more attached to this, because I ponder on that special moment in life while I create my sketches or writings. That's a luxury many people can easily achieve with a little focus.

Just carry a pocket book where you can register your thoughts and sketches. Or capture this in your mind and put it down on paper as soon as possible. Or just go click, click, click with your pocket camera.

What also works as helpers to keep your train of thought is to tape an idea when it springs up. So a mini recorder would work. In this day and age of the smart phones, you have that facility just at your fingertips.

In the end, your drawings will have that originality and spontaneity, and your writings will read more fresh.

Drawing_1: Heather and Jack Adventures  // copyright Remy Francis
Drawing_1: Heather and Jack Adventures // copyright Remy Francis

Inspiration 1

Let me take your attention to my Drawing_1 - Heather and Jack Adventures

This sketch is an inspiration I got from two cute furry creatures. A kitten and a puppy landed at my doorstep one day last summer, and managed to change my life forever.

These new buddies gave me a pursuit to be a storybook author someday. Before I met them, I was toying with a dilemma as to how and where to stitch together my two passions, that is, drawing and writing.

I have many manuscripts prepared, but have never approached a publisher because I had not made up my mind. Destiny put Jack and Heather in front of me that warm Middle Eastern morning.

Jack is the Springer Spaniel pup and Heather is the kitten. There were in fact two kittens. One young lad was a Ginger-colored, cute and pink kitten, Martin (not so cute in his ways); the other was a dirty black kitten named Heather.

The peace the troubled Heather had on her face makes me refer to her as the Black Magic Woman. She had a certain poise, calm and resilience. I say resilience, because it was shocking to observe that she was the ignored kitten in her pack. All the cats of the neighborhood that passed by never gave her a second look. I was amazed by the fact that even in the cat community, looks made a difference. Heather was discriminated against by the color of her coat. She always looked weak, abandoned and pushed-aside even by the mother cat.

On the other hand, Martin was a spoilt brat (obviously, he got all the attention from his pack). He always snatched food from Heather's share, looked stronger, and always threw tantrums even to us, his masters, if we missed the time to feed him.

Then one day came little Jack, who was a pedigree pup abandoned in the streets, looking so lean and weak with starvation but ready to respond to some love and affection. My flat mates took him in just to give some temporary shelter until there was a new home for him. Jack the Springer Spaniel was an adorable friendly pup, always ready to follow you with a wagging tail. I couldn't imagine how someone would leave this honey-eyed adorable creature out on the streets to fend for himself.

Those were some trying days I was going through. Jack and Heather, I remember, made my days. I must admit, though, that I could not give them the best attention, but I did what I could in my leisure time. Because I was a foreigner myself in this part of the world, just as foreign as them, if not more foreign, since Jack and Heather did not need a Work Permit or Residence Visa, but I did; and I couldn’t just sit around with these beauties. I had to go out and make a interesting irony! Hey?

Today, I spend at least a few minutes everyday thinking about Heather and Jack when I prepare those manuscripts.

So this is a story about how Jack the Canine and Heather the Feline became friends and had all those unconventional dog-and-cat adventures together. Heather is an abandoned unwanted ugly kitten let go from her pack; and Jack, abandoned for unfair reasons, was in search of some fun, love and affection. He just needed one square meal a day and a playmate. It was amazing how they found each other and how Heather managed to reach out to Jack, leaving behind her sibling Martin who was constantly jealous of her new friendship with a totally new species.

This is a cover design of them. Jack and Heather, wherever you are today, may you be well for I will be watching you do all your lovely innocent pranks through my picture story book.

The beautiful feeling I have thinking about them inspires me to put them in a pastel, peaceful color-tone as in this piece.

Drawing_2: The Job Interview
Drawing_2: The Job Interview

Inspiration 2

My next inspirational drawing, which everyone may identify with, is the Job Interview (Drawing_2).

In today’s uncertain times, this may happen all too often, especially in a multi-racial place like where I live and work.

This does not point fingers at anybody. This is just a reminder to everyone who cares, so that the same thing does not happen to them and they don't do this to anyone in their lifetime, if they love humanity as their own.

I found this an unbelievable and unforgettable situation. As annoying as it was, I did learn a lot from this experience.

I happened to go for an interview a long time ago. Fortunately, I was not devastated at the unsuccessful meeting, because this was one of those interviews I went for just as a real-life personality development course. Also for the following reasons: 1) I was not looking to accept such a job immediately, 2) I was curious about the way the secretary invited me, 3) I had never been to that part of town for business. So this was my chance.

I entered the interviewing office; and after a half hour wait, I was called in for the interview.  I was glad, as I could clearly hear another interview going on for the same position just 3 feet away. Then I realized that the interviewer knew nothing of my 15 year background, because he hadn't bothered to do his homework. I could see that they treated job seekers as a commodity. 5 minutes into the interview, he gets a phone call and goes on to attend it; keeping me waiting clueless until kingdom come, sitting upright like a wax statue in my suit.

As you see in my sketch, I saw myself sitting there literally blinking.

When he returned, it was a good half an hour. He then sat for 5 minutes longer and told me that he would go through all my details and get back to me on another day. How is that for driving to his office 50 kilometers away!

As emotional as this drawing portrays it to be, I was glad to see that it's not all the interviewees’ fault these days. Some of the recruiters are just being nasty because the downturn has probably made it an employer’s market. It’s simply a reminder that we need to be aware of this before we indulge in a job search, so that we don’t become all burnt-out.

The colors used in this drawing were not pre-planned; hence the dull, boring and unfortunate tone (brown is not my favorite color). I had that in my mind coming back after the half wasted workday, which I knew I would never get back in my life. But at least I got a sketch of it to add to my Design Semantics Portfolio.

Also to subtly pass on a message to the community, as a picture speaks a thousand words.

For instance, I had to write so much to explain the situation. But it would suffice to place this picture if I wanted to just make the point without hurting anyone.

Though I would have loved to forget it, I enjoyed looking at my own expression in my self-caricature here. That’s my exaggerated look. But I had to hold back this shocking face in place of a plastic smile during the time I was in that office for the interview. Anyway, it is something to laugh about.

Tough times never last, but tough people do! (Great title for that best-seller). So true!

Drawing_3: The Mermaid and the Seahorse
Drawing_3: The Mermaid and the Seahorse

Inspiration 3

Next drawing in line is from my fantasies - Drawing_3.

I love sketching human forms. They are the most difficult to master, yet enjoyable to sketch. The most remarkable improvisations are human cartoons and caricature.

This is a reference drawn from a two-inch seahorse ornament I have. It has always inspired these beautiful fairy-tale images in me. How better to compliment a proud and pretty seahorse than with a beautiful Mermaid taking a ride on him.

This is a quick-sketch I made of them in their underwater world with some colored pencils I could get hold of before my mood to sketch passed by. By the way, artists have mood swings, and they need to be in that right moment to capture their imaginations.

Today, I have a seahorse that has traveled from my shelves into a fantasy world. I know he will surely be enjoying the ride. I just might one day think of having a picture storybook with the Mermaid and my Seahorse.

Creating art this way has no room for copying. Being a true artist means being in constant pursuit to create original work. That way, an artist can enjoy every day on earth. And also be inspired to give back to the world like volunteers do. There are many volunteers out there just to help those who are seeking some guidance.

I am a confident artist today because of continued support and mentoring I received from unfailing artist volunteers. They have constantly inspired me to volunteer for the community.

It is all about Karma. When you do good, good things will follow you around. On the other hand, sad things we do haunt us around at least through our conscience and merely will pull us down.

So let me stop here for the moment by saying that I really liked spending time writing this piece for you. I hope that as much as I enjoyed putting it out there, you enjoyed reading it.

Before I say goodbye, may I mention that all of the above is purely my take, spoken with a positive outlook, respecting everyone in the community. The readers may feel free to pick up my tips and join this most interesting artist community in the same satisfying way as I approach it.

Thank you so much for your time. I look forward to hearing your thoughts about what I have discussed here.

So long, till next time.


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      Remy Francis 6 years ago from Creative Zone Dubai

      Hey there Sunnie Looks like you are a guest here. I hope you see my response. Thank you for stopping by. Your comments are much appreciated.

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      sunnie 6 years ago

      Beautiful drawings..what a talented woman you are..Thank you for sharing


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      Remy Francis 6 years ago from Creative Zone Dubai

      Thanks for your appreciation Pixienot.

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      Pixienot 7 years ago from Clarksville, Indiana

      Dear R.

      I really enjoyed the artwork and hearing the stories you chose to share. Your life sounds so exciting and fun, and yet more balanced than I would have expected.

      Thank you so much for sharing with us.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Remy Francis 7 years ago from Creative Zone Dubai

      Thank you Dolores for stopping by and your kind words

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      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      It's very cool to read about any kind of inspiration. Many of us look at sketches and other kinds of art, and wonder what makes an artist come up with that? Thanks for the insight.

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      Remy Francis 7 years ago from Creative Zone Dubai

      Thanks Rick for your kind words and appreciation. I look forward to penning some more hubs soon.

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      richtwf 7 years ago

      Enjoyed reading your hub very much and love your wonderful artwork. Look forward to reading more.

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      Remy Francis 7 years ago from Creative Zone Dubai

      Thank you James for stopping by. Glad to hear your comments too.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      I love your art, especially "The Mermaid and the Seahorse."

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      Remy Francis 7 years ago from Creative Zone Dubai

      Thanks Tony for your appreciation.

      Hope your daughter enjoyed my Mermaid and the Seahorse sketch too.


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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      I really enjoyed your artworks and the narratives behind them. Great job!

      My eight-year-old daughter will love the Mermaid and Seahorse. I will show her this evening when she is home from school.

      Love and peace


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      Remy Francis 7 years ago from Creative Zone Dubai

      Hi Art4Life

      Thank you so much...for stopping by...Everyday I regret not being able to write a hub or participate in hubpages well enough yet ...Thanks to work. I very badly want to write more... on things am passionate about. Currently I am travelling on work..but have a couple of specialised hubs I am working on...but the prep. is slowed down because of a space museum visualisation am doingand handling a few clients online... will be here soon.

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      Art 4 Life 7 years ago from in the middle of nowhere....

      Remy...where are you? Do some more artwork, I truly love it, it has such warmth, and you have such talent...

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      Remy Francis 7 years ago from Creative Zone Dubai

      Hi Shazwellyn I got to read your hub on Ollie's adventures and absolutely loved it a lot! And it allowed so many visuals pop up when I read it. Kudos to your storytelling!

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      Remy Francis 7 years ago from Creative Zone Dubai

      Thanks a lot you folks on all your kind words. I am glad I could speak to you through my sketches! I look forward to brig to you some more.

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      Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Inspired original art well done!

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      I am in awe of anyone that can draw. Art is such an inspiration. Congrats on being selected as a candidate to the HubNuggets Wannabe nomination. Good luck to ya!

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      deepanjana 7 years ago

      A great piece indeed! Thanks for this wonderful hub

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      J.Rita Jasmine 7 years ago

      A truly inspirational as well as thought-provoking article with defined sketches blending art, imagination and incidents.This work is presented with such frank ardour by the author, that one feels that one is part of the experiences illustrated.A simple invite by the author to learn to look beyond the mundane.From the very apt title to the narration of each incident, touching upon different views of life with a tinge of humour, with drawings that throw light on a keen and sensitive mind, it is really a very heartwarming written work of fine-art. You are a genius Remi and my sincere wishes that you will shine more...


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      lakshmi 7 years ago

      great work!!!

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      jawahar 7 years ago

      Nice works remy! congrats! keep it up.

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      jose 7 years ago

      Hi Rembranz

      Your art and writing is pure wine allowing the reader to share in your tizzy and fizz for life...

      Your drawings are emotional and reflects all of the experiences you have felt. It reminds us of the need to bring back our lost sensitivities in todays world.

      Great to hear about your nomination. Congrats. Thanks for bringing me into this community too. I look forward to see and read more of your contributions.


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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      I think I didnt copy the link properly - silly me! The above link should work now. Thanks and will be interested in having your comments :)

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      Faye Constantino 7 years ago from Florida

      Congratulations on you Hub Nugget Nomination! I know I have read this before but I read it again, so it would be fresh in my mind. I hope you will write more hubs soon!

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      Moesky 7 years ago

      Nice first Hub. Welcome, from a fellow sketcher... and congrats on the Hubnugget nomination.

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      Daniel 7 years ago

      I like the way your art depicts everyday situations that happen to all of us.There is a story behind the art,which in itself captures a thought process for whoever is viewing it.Congratulations on your nomination.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      I really like your art and the way you wrote about it. Congratulations on your nomination to Hubnuggets.

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      Ann Nonymous 7 years ago from Virginia

      I really could understand what you were trying and successful in conveying. My mother is an artist as well and the mind of an artist or any creative soul such as us writers is an intriguing place and leads to an interesting life!

      You are a really good artist as well as writer. You seem to really capture the emotions and conflict/occasion that each situation and inspired piece warrants! Excellent job, Rembrandz!!!

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      There is such a lot that can come out of inspiration - as you have demonstrated in your art. If I should get published one day, I would be happy to have you as a artist. I had someone draw for my Ollie stories, but I dont think he was very good. Why not take a look and see if these stories inspire?

      I bet you could have done a better job than he!

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      Remy Francis 7 years ago from Creative Zone Dubai

      Thank you so much Betherann

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      Beth Morey 7 years ago from Montana

      Lovely art! Congrats on the HubNugget nomination!

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      Remy Francis 7 years ago from Creative Zone Dubai

      Thanks so much Sage for your appreciation and encouraging kind words. I feel so at home in this group and learning each moment I visit all your hubs.

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      Remy Francis 7 years ago from Creative Zone Dubai

      Thank you for your message Ripplemaker. This comes as a pleasant surprise to me. I am so humbled by this opportunity from hubpages and your kind words.

      This is a true celebration I could receive for those inspirational moments when I created my sketches.

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      Remy Francis 7 years ago from Creative Zone Dubai

      Thank you for your appreciation Bonny and your kind words

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      Sage Williams 7 years ago

      Your art is amazing and I just love the way that you tell about each one. What inspired you to draw and where each inspiration was born.

      Welcome to HubPages and Congratulations on being nominated as a HubNugget. I am looking forward to reading more of your hubs.

      Great Job and Good Luck!


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      suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      I love your work and this wonderful Hub. Thanks for letting us all share in it.

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      This is ripplemaker in behalf of the Hubnuggets Team dropping to by to announce "You are a Hubnugget Wannabe!" Wow!

      I enjoyed reading your hub today and your drawings are so cute! Plus knowing where you got these inspirations from really made me smile. Thumbs up!

      Going back to the Hubnuggets-- it simply means, your hub got nominated! Everyone is invited to come and vote. The hub with the most votes, gets the chance to be in the Hubnuggets newsletter! Yup, so what are you waiting for? Vote today: Best of luck! Maybe you will be inspired to come up with another drawing too! :)

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      bonetta hartig 7 years ago from outback queensland

      Nice art work and nice hub - like the way you express yourself - consider me a fan and hope to see more of your work -cheers

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      thom 8 years ago


      some great illustration work here. really like the 'screwed' globe... you could get work being an editorial illustrator - !

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      Remy Francis 8 years ago from Creative Zone Dubai

      Thank you for your appreciation Maitha, and good wishes.

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      Remy Francis 8 years ago from Creative Zone Dubai

      Thank you Vox

      Hopefully I'll be able to put a few more hubs sooner.

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      Jasmine 8 years ago

      It´s great that you´re writing about art. I do drawings and paintings so it would be great to read some more. Keep on hubbing!

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      prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

      well done first hub rembrandz, and it was fun reading about your inspirations, Go on writing some more and I also like your art...Maita

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      Remy Francis 8 years ago from Creative Zone Dubai

      Thank you Joseph for stopping by. I am humbled by your feedback, coming from an author like you.

      Thank you so much Faybe for your kind words and finding time to visit my hub. Hopefully I'll be able to put more art-focussed hubs out there in time to come.

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      Faye Constantino 8 years ago from Florida

      I have to bookmark this, rated you up. It is astounding, beautiful, I haven't got enough words. You have a unique talent in your art and in your writing. You are an artistic inspiration.

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      Joseph  8 years ago

      This is Open Source Artistry. It takes rare candour and commitment to write on your art and inspiration. Thank you for the Insight!

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      Remy Francis 8 years ago from Creative Zone Dubai

      Thank you for your compliments Colleen and Katie

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      Remy Francis 8 years ago from Creative Zone Dubai

      Thank you for your compliments Partin. And Thank you for your welcome note too. I look forward to connecting with you and the others in the hubpage community in time to come.


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      K Partin 8 years ago from Garden City, Michigan

      Very good hub for your first one, I think you will do well here at HP. Welcome and have fun with it. Enjoyed your drawings very much and look forward to seeing much more. Take care see you on the forums. K.

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      Katie 8 years ago

      Very Nice. I especially enjoy the way you can express your thoughts on what goes on in your stae of mind as you create art. It sounds as if you are very intuned with God and have an inner peace or knowing about what you do.

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      Remy Francis 8 years ago from Creative Zone Dubai

      Thank you Binu

      I believe everyone can draw, just tha some have tried and some have not.

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      Binu 8 years ago

      An interesting read, Keep it coming . Wish I could draw like you or atleast write like you .

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      Remy Francis 8 years ago from Creative Zone Dubai

      Thank you so much Waynet for your comment. I really look forward to making more hubs, also reading all your hubs loaded with great tips.

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      Wayne Tully 8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      I like your art very much and it would be great to see more and I like the detailed thoughts and inspirations behind each piece, this is a worthy first hubpage and I wish you well here at hubpages!