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Hi everyone! :wave:

A while back I did an interview with Aquila Style and we chatted about digital art and its impact on today societies.

Here is the full article: 

Currently we are living in digital age and technology is shaping the way with live. Digital art opens new doorways that are not possible with traditional media.  However, traditional methods are hard to replicate digitally.

A lot of people complain that digital art is not real art as you cannot compare to the feeling of creating something new and unique with a traditional piece of work. This argument is futile. In art, there are several branches of art. I believe that traditional and digital art can exists in harmony under the visual art section.

With the rise of digital art there is amazing art in all areas, but there is also mediocre art as well. The artist makes or breaks the work, not the medium. With art it is not the craftsmanship but the substance.

I think the issue that digital art has brought is that young artists are skipping some of the foundation knowledge in art. Islamic calligraphy, which is regarded as the highest pinnacle in Islamic art, is being treated as simple clip art. With the explosion of online galleries, there is a lot of digital art work being produced these days. Artists are painting on the computer more than ever, so there is plenty of digital paintings to compare who has good knowledge base or not.

The computer is just a just tool that the artist uses for canvas. If you take away the human element that uses programs to create digital art then the art would not exist.  Take away the computer and the artist is still an artist. He doesn't need the computer for his creativity and imagination process but it is just his tool of choice.

Negativity towards digital art is nothing new. When John Lassetter, CEO of Pixar, began to introduce 3D-generated animation to Disney, he got a lot of abuse and other animators practically laughed him out of the room. However, that didn’t change his mind and he has inspired and changed the way Hollywood treats animated films.

You could argue that the digital age has set things back a little as artists because younger artists have become dependent on computers. However it is not the computer that is the issue but the mentality of the user.

Digital artists still need to know about lighting, composition, and colour theory. You need good hand to eye coordination, drawing abilities, imagination, and creativity. Many digital paintings can take 30 or more actual man-hours to paint just like traditional art.

I have learned how to use both traditional art work and digital tools. I use the software to import my sketches and edit them. I can also, with the aid of computer software, create complex geometric pattern that otherwise would have taken days. So the computer is a very important tool in my creative process, just as it is with millions of other artists.

Another advantage is that digital art can also be done collaboratively using the internet. This is a huge benefit for those who need to collaborate on big art projects.

With the software available and the right direction, you have a gateway to an unlimited source of creativity with endless possibilities for artists of all kinds. The digital age has definitely been a positive addition to the artists process, and its here to stay.

However, in the end it isn't the program or effort that goes into a piece or even how amazing a piece looks that matters. All that matters, all that ever matters is how it moves the viewer.

Take care watchers!!! :wave:

Asalaamu alaikum = Peace be upon you!

Check out some of my prints –

Music by Teakster Hero by Teakster Azaan by Teakster Lost in the Forest by Teakster Ablution by Teakster Summer Colours by Teakster Commercialisation by Teakster Lost Secret by Teakster Prayer II by Teakster Technology by Teakster Dhikr II by Teakster Sun Kissed by Teakster Prayer III by Teakster Bug Eyes by Teakster Typography Explosion by Teakster Traffic Light Chaos by Teakster Skater Boy by TeaksterLizard by TeaksterAzaan II by Teakster Dhikr by Teakster

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Hello people! :wave:

I would also like to say a big HI to my new watchers! :glomp:

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Take care watchers!!! :wave:

Asalaamu alaikum = Peace be upon you!

Check out some of my prints –

Music by Teakster Hero by Teakster Azaan by Teakster Lost in the Forest by Teakster Ablution by Teakster Summer Colours by Teakster Commercialisation by Teakster Lost Secret by Teakster Prayer II by Teakster Technology by Teakster Dhikr II by Teakster Sun Kissed by Teakster Prayer III by Teakster Bug Eyes by Teakster Typography Explosion by Teakster Traffic Light Chaos by Teakster Skater Boy by TeaksterLizard by TeaksterAzaan II by Teakster Dhikr by Teakster

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:wave: Salaams, Hello, Alo, Hola, Guten Tag, Czest, Ahoj, Bonjour, Hei, Zdravei, Merhaba :wave:

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Another year has ended and a new one is upon us.

If you haven't seen it then I've made a limited edition calendar for 2015. 

Wall Calendar by Teakster

The calendar has a wide selection of my artwork, so I hope you guys like it! 

I hope this New Year will bring you lots of good things and many moments of happiness. :D

Anyone made any New Year resolutions?!

If so, tell me unless you have broken them already or you can't be bothered. :noes:

I normally don't bother with New Year resolutions, since I don't see the point in them. 

Is there anything that you guys are looking forward in 2015?

I have been on DeviantART for almost 9 years and I would like to think that my work has improved.  I would like to thank my watchers for supporting me over the years and providing me with lots of useful criticism.  It's been a pleasure interacting with you all here! :glomp:

I know that I haven't updated my journal as often but I use Twitter for any quick updates. On that note, come and network with me - twitter.com/teakster

I am also on Instagram and you can follow me on there.

Take care, people!

Asalaamu alaikum = Peace be upon you! :hug:

Check out some of my prints -

Long Path of Dreams by Teakster Nomad by Teakster Gate with a View by Teakster Sabr by Teakster Tiger by Teakster Ronin by Teakster Ramadan Mubarak by Teakster Forgottern Mask by Teakster Rapeseed Field by Teakster Four Elements - Arabic by Teakster Shaykh Zayd Mosque - Domes by Teakster Study Sister by Teakster Emirates Palace Hotel by Teakster The Seeker by Teakster Nur II by Teakster Summer Harvest by Teakster

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Hey everyone, :glomp:

Wow - it's nearly the end of the year. Christmas is in the air because the shops are getting filled with cheap tack.

It's not the lights, spirit or the magic that I like about Christmas. It is the fact that you can buy chocolates as big as your head!!! :la:

Anyway, I've made a limited edition calendar for 2015. 

Wall Calendar by Teakster

The calendar has a wide selection of my artwork, so I hope you guys like it! 

The calendar features the following pieces of work:- 

Snowflake by TeaksterWhirling Dervishes by TeaksterDigital Butterfly by Teakster
Chinese Dragon by TeaksterSabr by TeaksterMusic by Teakster
Four Elements - Fire by TeaksterFour Elements - Kanji by TeaksterTiger by Teakster
Urban Prayer Time by TeaksterGolden Siin by TeaksterPeace and Love by Teakster

However, since most of you like me because of my freebies…I may even give a couple of out for free or something. 

Take care, people! 

Asalaamu alaikum = Peace be upon you! :hug:

Check out some of my prints -

Long Path of Dreams by Teakster Nomad by Teakster Gate with a View by Teakster Sabr by Teakster Ronin by Teakster Ramadan Mubarak by Teakster Forgottern Mask by Teakster Rapeseed Field by Teakster Four Elements - Arabic by Teakster Shaykh Zayd Mosque - Domes by Teakster Study Sister by Teakster Emirates Palace Hotel by Teakster The Seeker by Teakster Nur II by Teakster Summer Harvest by Teakster

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Salaams, peace and hey everyone! :D

I have just back from my travels and it was an amazing trip.
In October, Dubai hosted the 7th Marketplace of Creative Arts, bringing together artists and audiences from the Muslim and non-Muslim world. 

This is an international creative arts festival presenting over 30 artists from over a dozen countries in various disciplines and genres including visual arts, poetry, film and music. I was honoured to be selected as one of the artists for MOCAfest.

A visual arts and installation exhibition was opened each day of the festival. The installation exhibition showcased artists from various fields. In addition, an independent film festival was showing an array of international films touching on a variety of topics aimed at highlighting the themes of the festival.

The festival also offered discussions and interactive workshops to equip aspiring artists with the business skills they will need to launch a successful career in the creative industries. Each day concluded with music and fusion performances by artists from various disciplines in front of a live audience.

You can view the highlights of each day:




Thank you to all the amazing people who made this possible - it was an honour to be in your company.

You view my photos of the event on my Facebook page.

Asalaamu alaikum = Peace be upon you! :hug:

Check out some of my prints -

Long Path of Dreams by Teakster Nomad by Teakster Gate with a View by Teakster Sabr by Teakster Ronin by Teakster Ramadan Mubarak by Teakster Forgottern Mask by Teakster Rapeseed Field by Teakster Four Elements - Arabic by Teakster Shaykh Zayd Mosque - Domes by Teakster Study Sister by Teakster Emirates Palace Hotel by Teakster The Seeker by Teakster Nur II by Teakster Summer Harvest by Teakster

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:wave: Salaams, Hello, Alo, Hola, Guten Tag, Czest, Ahoj, Bonjour, Hei, Zdravei, Merhaba :wave:

Who wants a slice of  pizza?

*Passes the pizza to daniyalisatya to give it to the rest of the group*

I pray that everyone is well, so what have you all been up to?!

Let me know...No really...! would to hear your comments as it will be a great way to catch up! :lol:

I have some amazing news to tell you...or probably not because I will be talking about me! :D

I have been selected as one of the artists for MOCAfest.

Marketplace of Creative Arts Festival (MOCAfest) is a nomadic and international arts festival that gives a platform for emerging creative artists worldwide to display their works on an international stage.

The 7th MOCAfest in Dubai will bring together creative artists in the Middle East and their creative counterparts from various regions in Asia, Africa, America and Europe.

MOCAfest is not merely a performance festival. It consists of dialogue and networking sessions, master classes, leadership workshops, art residencies, film screenings, visual art exhibitions and artistic collaborations. MOCAfest seeks to synthesise the creative and business world so that they can learn from one another. MOCAfest is home to all kinds of arts; from music, cinema, visual arts, literature, poetry, dance and many more.

MOCAfest will take place 28th - 30th October 2014, Mina A Salaam Hotel, Dubai.

For full program, artist line-up and registration visit: MOCAfest

To all my watchers in the UAE - If anyone wants to meet up, then let me know! :D

On a more important note.... Does anyone know a good place to eat?  :lol:

Wish me luck!!! :faint

Asalaamu alaikum = Peace be upon you! :glomp:

Check out some of my prints -

Quran by Teakster Allah Light II by Teakster Azaan by Teakster Arabian Red by Teakster Footsteps of the Prophet by Teakster
 Whirling Dervishes by Teakster  Ablution by Teakster Dhikr Glow by Teakster Prayer III by Teakster Light of the Prophet by Teakster     
Typography Explosion by Teakster Dhikr by Teakster Shaykh Zayd Mosque - Minaret by Teakster Knowledge by Teakster Shaykh Zayd Mosque - Window I by Teakster
Prayer II by Teakster Minaret II by Teakster Dhikr II by Teakster Shaykh Zayd Mosque - Pillars by Teakster Azaan II by Teakster
Freedom to Worship by Teakster Hajj by Teakster Dome by Teakster Minaret by Teakster
The Seeker by Teakster Four Elements - Arabic by Teakster Shaykh Zayd Mosque - Domes by Teakster Study Sister by Teakster
Nomad by Teakster Sabr by Teakster Nur II by Teakster Hijab - Graffiti by Teakster
Qaf by Teakster Arabic Glow by Teakster Nune by Teakster Golden Siin by Teakster

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Eid Mubarak to everyone! :hug:

I pray everyone who reads this lives a happy and long life and everything good you wish and hope for you get.

'Eid Al Adha or 'festival of sacrifice' takes place at the end of Hajj , or when Muslims go to perform their pilgrimage to Mecca. 

People who weren't able to attend also enjoy the blessing of the day by enjoying food, company of friends and family, as well as gifts such as new clothing.

You can go here to read the full article and see more details at Wikipedia - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hajj

Below are some Eid designs I have made over the years while I have been on DA - 

Eid Card I by Teakster Eid Card II by Teakster Eid Card III by Teakster Eid Card X by Teakster
Eid Card IV by Teakster Eid Card V by Teakster Eid Card VI by Teakster Eid Card XI by Teakster
Eid Card XVII by TeaksterEid Card XVI by TeaksterEid Card XIII by Teakster Eid Card XVIII by Teakster

A larger collection of all my Eid cards can be found in my gallery.

Take care all!!! 

More art coming soon!

Asalaamu alaikum = Peace be upon you! :hug:

Check out some of my prints -

Freedom to Worship by Teakster Hajj by Teakster Dome by Teakster Minaret by Teakster
Whirling Dervishes by Teakster Azaan by Teakster Ablution by Teakster Dhikr Glow by Teakster Prayer III by Teakster
Typography Explosion by Teakster Dhikr by Teakster Shaykh Zayd Mosque - Minaret by Teakster Knowledge by Teakster Shaykh Zayd Mosque - Window I by Teakster
Prayer II by Teakster Minaret II by Teakster Dhikr II by Teakster Shaykh Zayd Mosque - Pillars by Teakster Azaan II by Teakster
The Seeker by Teakster Four Elements - Arabic by Teakster Shaykh Zayd Mosque - Domes by Teakster Study Sister by Teakster
Nomad by Teakster Sabr by Teakster Nur II by Teakster Hijab - Graffiti by Teakster
Qaf by Teakster Arabic Glow by Teakster Nune by Teakster Golden Siin by Teakster

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Hi Everyone,

I hope everyone is well. :glomp:

Sorry that I haven’t been on DeviantArt lately but I have been busy with work and various art projects.

I have recently made some new artwork and I will be posting them soon. :D

In the next couple of weeks I have an exhibition with various artists and I am very excited about it. I will post more information about it quite soon.

The exhibition will contain images from light trilogy:

Prayer II by Teakster Dhikr II by Teakster Quran by Teakster

The light trilogy displays elements a few of the crucial elements to the Islamic faith. There many other actions but I chose these because these should be done on a daily basis.

I would love to hear your feedback on these images.

Asalaamu alaikum = Peace be upon you! :hug:

Check out some of my prints –

Golden Siin by Teakster Cottage Door by Teakster Arabic Glow by Teakster Freedom to Worship by Teakster
Qaf by Teakster Hells Gateway by Teakster Snowflake by Teakster Orange Daffodil by Teakster
Digital Butterfly by Teakster Vacant by Teakster Chinese Junk Ship by Teakster Hajj by Teakster
Infinity by Teakster Prisoner by Teakster Dome by Teakster Japanese Home by Teakster


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Hello people! :wave:

I would also like to say a big HI to my new watchers! :glomp:

Okay, so I have joined another social site. Don't ask me why, but I thought it be great for watchers to have another media outlet so people know what I am up to.

On that note, come and hook up with me on there - Follow me on Instagram

If I can find you then I will add you too!

Plus is anyone could give me handy tips or things that I should follow, then they will be most welcomed! :D

Take care watchers!!! :wave:

Asalaamu alaikum = Peace be upon you!

Check out some of my prints -

Long Path of Dreams by Teakster Nomad by Teakster Gate with a View by Teakster Sabr by Teakster Tiger by Teakster Ronin by Teakster Ramadan Mubarak by Teakster Forgottern Mask by Teakster Rapeseed Field by Teakster Four Elements - Arabic by Teakster Shaykh Zayd Mosque - Domes by Teakster Study Sister by Teakster Emirates Palace Hotel by Teakster The Seeker by Teakster Nur II by Teakster Summer Harvest by Teakster

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Hey everyone!!! :wave:

How is everyone doing?

*slices up a big cake and asks chikuQ to pass it around*

:party: DeviantART is 14! :w00t: I think celebrations are in order! 

I have been on DeviantART for 8 years! :lol:

I heard of DeviantART through a friend and I used this place to upload my work.  This was here before FacebookTwitterflickrInstagramBehance Network and before I made my Teakster Website

If any of you still watch me or were watching me at the start, gimme a SHOUT!!! :D

It's been a pleasure interacting with you all here!

Now don't forget to wish DeviantART a happy birthday!

Asalaamu alaikum = Peace be upon you! :hug:

Check out some of my prints –

Whirling Dervishes by Teakster  Ablution by Teakster Dhikr Glow by Teakster Prayer III by Teakster Light of the Prophet by Teakster     
Typography Explosion by Teakster Dhikr by Teakster Shaykh Zayd Mosque - Minaret by Teakster Knowledge by Teakster Shaykh Zayd Mosque - Window I by Teakster
Prayer II by Teakster Minaret II by Teakster Dhikr II by Teakster Shaykh Zayd Mosque - Pillars by Teakster Azaan II by Teakster
Freedom to Worship by Teakster Hajj by Teakster Dome by Teakster Minaret by Teakster
The Seeker by Teakster Four Elements - Arabic by Teakster Shaykh Zayd Mosque - Domes by Teakster Study Sister by Teakster
Nomad by Teakster Sabr by Teakster Nur II by Teakster Hijab - Graffiti by Teakster
Qaf by Teakster Arabic Glow by Teakster Nune by Teakster Golden Siin by Teakster



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Hey everyone, :wave:

May all of you have a Blessed Eid Day, and may all your fasting, prayers and good actions be accepted! :hug:

If your Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Humanist, Atheist or anyone else. I hope you have a pleasant day. A joyous occasion should be shared by all! :glomp:

May we all attain happiness and guidance in this life and the success in the next!

What is 'Eid? 

In the effort of bridging gaps of misunderstanding, please accept this explanation from me as a gesture to create better understanding. I hope you benefit from this little anecdote! :nod:

There are two Eid or large celebrations that happen throughout the Muslim lunar calander, 'Eid ul Fitr and 'Eid ul Adha. 'Eid ul Fitr is the celebration that happens on the 1st day after the month of fasting, Ramadan, is completed. 'Eid is said to be a gift or present from God that is for those who fasted, people aren't allowed to fast this day and the community is assembled for the Eid prayer. Ramadan was the month that the Quran was sent down, and also we have a tradition that all the original books sent with prophets were sent down in this month as well throughout history.

Everyone is encouraged to buy a fresh set of clothing and donate a measure of grain, or in this day and age money that can be used for the feeding of the poor so that they too can have an Eid feast. It is said that that amount purifies your fasting from all the minor mistakes that took place throughout the month.

The celebration is for not only hopefully completing the month of fasting successfully, but also rejoicing in the hopes of God's mercy for those how strived. His mercy is shown by way of the forgiving of sins and mistakes, and granting of many bounties both in this life and the next. 

After the Eid prayer everyone gets up and goes around and hugs one another or shakes hands and says Eid Mubarak or Blessed Eid (to you)! This strengthens the community bond and encourages social behaviour. Of course men and women are separate so no mischief can happen and the dignity of people is preserved from rumour mongers. 

After this point we go to our homes and get ready either to host or visit our friends and relatives. We also pay our Zakat (2.5% obligatory charity on our wealth that exceeds our mean and has been in our possession for a year) near the end of the month of Ramadan as it is charged with blessings and encouraged to do so. 

We are told that if you have missed a fast, you have till next Ramadan to make it up, also if you want to get the reward of fasting for an entire year, merely fast another 6 days within this month (of course after you make up your missed fasts). These 6 extra optional fasts don't even have to be in a row either, simply any time during this month after Ramadan.

Below are some Eid designs I have made over the years while I have been on DA!!!

Eid Card I by Teakster Eid Card II by Teakster Eid Card III by Teakster Eid Card X by Teakster
Eid Card IV by Teakster Eid Card V by Teakster Eid Card VI by Teakster Eid Card XI by Teakster
Eid Card XVII by TeaksterEid Card XVI by TeaksterEid Card XIII by Teakster Eid Card XIX by Teakster

A larger collection of all my Eid cards can be found in my gallery.

Take care all!!! 

More art coming soon!

Asalaamu alaikum = Peace be upon you! :hug:

Check out some of my prints -

Freedom to Worship by Teakster Hajj by Teakster Dome by Teakster Minaret by Teakster
Whirling Dervishes by Teakster Azaan by Teakster Ablution by Teakster Dhikr Glow by Teakster Prayer III by Teakster
Typography Explosion by Teakster Dhikr by Teakster Shaykh Zayd Mosque - Minaret by Teakster Knowledge by Teakster Shaykh Zayd Mosque - Window I by Teakster
Prayer II by Teakster Minaret II by Teakster Dhikr II by Teakster Shaykh Zayd Mosque - Pillars by Teakster Azaan II by Teakster
The Seeker by Teakster Four Elements - Arabic by Teakster Shaykh Zayd Mosque - Domes by Teakster Study Sister by Teakster
Nomad by Teakster Sabr by Teakster Nur II by Teakster Hijab - Graffiti by Teakster
Qaf by Teakster Arabic Glow by Teakster Nune by Teakster Golden Siin by Teakster

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Ramadan Kareem :glomp:

Sorry that I am a bit late with my festive greetings but I have been quite busy! :noes:

Ramadan by Teakster Spirit of Ramadan by Teakster Cleansing of the Sins by Teakster Meaning of Ramadan II by Teakster
Ramadan Spirit: 2nd Version by Teakster Meaning of Ramadan by Teakster Ramadan Mubarak by Teakster

Last Ramadan I gave away free artwork to my watchers. You can still down download them, just click on one of the images below:

Teakster Ramadan Gift I by Teakster Teakster Ramadan Gift II by Teakster Ramadan Gift III by Teakster Ramadan Gift IV by Teakster

I will try to give out more freebies during this festive month!

However....I know some of my watchers are wondering what Ramadan is, so I going to explain it to them.


Don't worry, I'm not going to brainwash you all. I know many people aren't religious but this is my belief and I don't ask you to believe the same, but I believe it is important to understand the different cultures and beliefs of other people.  

Ignorance will only lead to more ignorance. It's not until we learn from each that we can understand each other. As it is normal for humans to fear things from a lack of understanding.

So this will be a quick explanation for those who have never heard of it.

Ramadan is the month in which all the eligible Muslims are encouraged to fast from food, drink, abusive language and indulging in anything that is in excess or ill-natured. 

Eligible means men and women who are over the age of about 7, are not sick, or travelling, or in women's instance have their menstrual cycle or in some cases breast feeding.

Fasting is meant to teach the Muslim patience, modesty and spirituality. We try to purify ourselves through self-restraint and good deeds. 

Among the other benefits is that we can understand the hardships of poor people, we shed extra weight, and clean out the system of pollutants. 

One thing I really like about Ramadan is the entire atmosphere around it.  It's a time of solidarity and sharing food, especially when we break our fasts. We visit each other more often and go to the mosque to pray for many hours.

We are told that fasting is the highest form of worship since only God really knows if you are being true to it or not. You can fool other people or cheat, but then you are only starving yourself. It's only if you're honest and really try, you reap tremendous rewards. When you see different kinds of people, from different backgrounds, races, ages, and all of them fasting worldwide, you can't help but feel a brotherhood. Since we are all doing it together.

So to one and all I wish you a Blessed Ramadan, and even encourage non Muslims to try fasting and see how it's like, its a great was to break addictions and bad habits.

Well…thank you for reading this and I hope that has been useful. :nod:

For more information about Ramadan, check out this link – en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramadan

For An Idiot's Guide to Ramadan, check out this link – www.bbc.co.uk/birmingham/conte…

Ramadan Kareem people, make as best use of this month as you can! :hug:

Asalaamu alaikum = Peace be upon you! :wave:

Get some of my prints -

Quran by Teakster Allah Light II by Teakster Azaan by Teakster Arabian Red by Teakster Footsteps of the Prophet by Teakster
 Whirling Dervishes by Teakster  Ablution by Teakster Dhikr Glow by Teakster Prayer III by Teakster Light of the Prophet by Teakster     
Typography Explosion by Teakster Dhikr by Teakster Shaykh Zayd Mosque - Minaret by Teakster Knowledge by Teakster Shaykh Zayd Mosque - Window I by Teakster
Prayer II by Teakster Minaret II by Teakster Dhikr II by Teakster Shaykh Zayd Mosque - Pillars by Teakster Azaan II by Teakster
Freedom to Worship by Teakster Hajj by Teakster Dome by Teakster Minaret by Teakster
The Seeker by Teakster Four Elements - Arabic by Teakster Shaykh Zayd Mosque - Domes by Teakster Study Sister by Teakster
Nomad by Teakster Sabr by Teakster Nur II by Teakster Hijab - Graffiti by Teakster
Qaf by Teakster Arabic Glow by Teakster Nune by Teakster Golden Siin by Teakster



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  • Drinking: Milk and Honey
Hey everyone! :wave:

I hope everyone is well.

I am delighted to say that I have been selected to be part of an art exhibition in hosted in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.

Milton Keynes Islamic Arts & Culture announced the launch of 'Ramadhan in Milton Keynes' Campaign, inspired by the spirit and values of the Holy month.

The exhibit contains paintings, photographs, and sculpture of artists from around the world.  The exhibition is open between 12th to 15th June.

The location of the event will be -
The Centre:MK,
Milton Keynes,
MK9 3ES

The works displayed in the exhibition will be for sale.

Asalaamu alaikum = Peace be upon you! :hug:

Check out some of my prints –

Music by Teakster Hero by Teakster Azaan by Teakster Lost in the Forest by Teakster Ablution by Teakster Summer Colours by Teakster Commercialisation by Teakster Lost Secret by Teakster Prayer II by Teakster Technology by Teakster Dhikr II by Teakster Sun Kissed by Teakster Prayer III by Teakster Bug Eyes by Teakster Typography Explosion by Teakster Traffic Light Chaos by Teakster Skater Boy by TeaksterLizard by TeaksterAzaan II by Teakster Dhikr by Teakster


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  • Mood: Zest
  • Listening to: Qasida Al-Burda
  • Watching: Naruto Shippuden
  • Eating: Chicken and Rice
  • Drinking: Orange Juice

Peace and cake for one and all!!! :wave:

*Passes the cake to yumigawa to give it to the rest of the group*

I pray that all of you are well!

I have some amazing news to tell you...or probably not because I will be talking about me! :ninja:

At London’s Grosvenor House, I attended the Twelfth Muslim News Awards for Excellence – Britain’s longest standing Muslim awards event. The coveted award ceremony recognises the very best of Muslim contribution to British society.

The ceremony was attended by civic and religious leaders, as well as representatives from the worlds of politics, business, sport and the arts, to honour unsung heroes and heroines of the community.

While you are reading this you probably guessed where I am going with this....and what you are thinking is correct - Your friendly neighbourhood artist won the Alhambra Award for Excellence in Arts!!! :faint:

This came as a total surprise and I was completely speechless. Tthe best part is that I didn’t bribe anyone to win the award. The worst part is that I had to make a speech in front of everyone including the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron. I didn’t have a speech ready, so I just spoke from the heart and prayed that I didn’t say anything stupid.

The UK Prime Minister congratulated me on my work and the importance of serving as a role model and a mentor for the youth. I was disappointed that the special guest was him and not the Prince of Wales.

Now I am going to move on to the most important part of this journal....

I’ll try not to get emotional but I want to take this moment to thank the people who watch me. :noes:

I don't want to get too big headed but I think my talent has been a blessing from Allah (God).  I know many people aren't religious but this is my belief and I don't ask you to believe the same, but it wouldn't sit right in my own heart if I didn't say that first off. As a result, I thank Him for any shred of talent I have and hope that I use it to its best capacity and improve on it throughout my lifetime.

I would also like to really thank you guys!!! :glomp:

You guys have really helped me improve as an artist. All of your comments, feedback and critiques, have shaped into a better artist. So thank you for that. I read everyone’s comment and listen to anyone who provides criticism. I would love to shout out some names but you guys know who you are! :nod:

The positive feedback and encouragement I have received from you guys, has pushed me forward with my work and skill.  It has made me feel like someone out there actually likes my art for what it is or isn't. 

I want to give a big thanks to the haters...they helped me build a thicker skin. So every time I get some negative feedback, I won’t spend time curled up into a ball and crying my eyes out!

I think at the end of the day I have no guarantee as to how long I will live, and if I have a chance I would rather have died trying to do my own thing than not trying at all.

Due to your ongoing support I am giving away this artwork for free as a gift to you guys. Print it off, frame it and stick it up wherever you like:

Teakster's Gift I by Teakster

With a large group of followers and 3 daily deviation already received, I hope to do more with you guys.

So thank you and I hope you keep watching me! :D

Asalaamu alaikum = Peace be upon you! :hug:

Check out some of my prints –

Music by Teakster Hero by Teakster Azaan by Teakster Lost in the Forest by Teakster Ablution by Teakster Summer Colours by Teakster Commercialisation by Teakster Lost Secret by Teakster Prayer II by Teakster Technology by Teakster Dhikr II by Teakster Sun Kissed by Teakster Prayer III by Teakster Bug Eyes by Teakster Typography Explosion by Teakster Traffic Light Chaos by Teakster Quran by Teakster Skater Boy by TeaksterLizard by Teakster  Azaan II by Teakster Dhikr by Teakster


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  • Watching: Breaking Bad
  • Eating: Chicken and Rice
  • Drinking: Orange soda
:wave: Salaams, Hello, Alo, Hola, Guten Tag, Czest, Ahoj, Bonjour, Hei, Zdravei, Merhaba :wave:

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Another year has ended and a new one is upon us.

I hope this New Year will bring you lots of good things and many moments of happiness. :D

Anyone made any New Year resolutions?!

If so, tell me unless you have broken them already or you can't be bothered. :noes:

I normally don't bother with New Year resolutions, since I don't see the point in them. 

Is there anything that you guys are looking forward in 2014?

I have been on DeviantART for almost 8 years and I would like to think that my work has improved.  I would like to thank my watchers for supporting me over the years and providing me with lots of useful criticism.  It's been a pleasure interacting with you all here! :glomp:

I know that I haven't updated my journal as often but I use Twitter for any quick updates. On that note, come and network with me - twitter.com/teakster

Take care, people!

Asalaamu alaikum = Peace be upon you! :hug:

Check out some of my prints -

Long Path of Dreams by Teakster Nomad by Teakster Gate with a View by Teakster Sabr by Teakster Tiger by Teakster Ronin by Teakster Ramadan Mubarak by Teakster Forgottern Mask by Teakster Rapeseed Field by Teakster Four Elements - Arabic by Teakster Shaykh Zayd Mosque - Domes by Teakster Study Sister by Teakster Emirates Palace Hotel by Teakster The Seeker by Teakster Nur II by Teakster Summer Harvest by Teakster

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  • Eating: Chocolate
Hey everyone, :glomp:

Wow - it's nearly the end of the year. Christmas is in the air because the shops are getting filled with cheap tack.

It's not the lights, spirit or the magic that I like about Christmas. It is the fact that you can buy chocolates as big as your head!!! :la:

Anyway, I've made a limited edition calendar for 2014. 

Wall Calendar by Teakster

The calendar has a wide selection of my artwork, so I hope you guys like it! 

The calendar features the following pieces of work:- 

Snowflake by TeaksterWhirling Dervishes by TeaksterDigital Butterfly by Teakster
Chinese Dragon by TeaksterSabr by TeaksterMusic by Teakster
Four Elements - Fire by TeaksterFour Elements - Kanji by TeaksterTiger by Teakster
Urban Prayer Time by TeaksterGolden Siin by TeaksterPeace and Love by Teakster

However, since most of you like me because of my freebies…I may even give a couple of out for free or something. 

Take care, people! 

Asalaamu alaikum = Peace be upon you! :hug:

Check out some of my prints -

Long Path of Dreams by Teakster Nomad by Teakster Gate with a View by Teakster Sabr by Teakster Ronin by Teakster Ramadan Mubarak by Teakster Forgottern Mask by Teakster Rapeseed Field by Teakster Four Elements - Arabic by Teakster Shaykh Zayd Mosque - Domes by Teakster Study Sister by Teakster Emirates Palace Hotel by Teakster The Seeker by Teakster Nur II by Teakster Summer Harvest by Teakster

  • Reading: American Vampire
  • Watching: Naruto Shippuden
  • Eating: Choclate

Okay....let me rephrase this...

Don’t work in the creative industry if your motivation is money.

Trust me to want a job that is not only stressful but often doesn't pay well. Plus many career advisers will warn you about how tough the market is for making a living.

If you’re interested in becoming a professional in the creative industry, don’t do it for the money. There are of course exceptions to this rule. I've done a few projects that have paid quite well but like I said....those are exceptions.

If you want to be rich and rolling in money then become a lawyer, doctor or a businessman. Being an artist, writer or photographer as hobby is fun but it is a different ball-game when you want to make a career out of it.

Being a professional is a competitive, stressful and sometimes difficult job. And it typically doesn't pay well. So why would you want to do it?

Let me tell you why…

It is in your blood to be creative....deep down in your soul, your creative nature is eating away at you. You need to be creative because it’s all you ever wanted. You need to express your creative desire that is burning inside of you. You need to tell the stories of the people, places and things around you. You need to do something that will last longer than you. You need to do something that’s meaningful and that matters.

Creativity is in your blood. Its part of your make-up and you are stuck with it. If it is in your blood then you can’t get away from it - You might as well give in to it.

Get busy and work hard as you need to put a lot of time and effort into improving your skills. If you plan to make this your career, then you’ll be rewarded with being involved in creative projects. You will be pushing your design skills to the max.

Remember...If creativity is in your blood then you are doomed!

Asalaamu alaikum = Peace be upon you! :hug:

Check out some of my prints –

Music by Teakster Hero by Teakster Azaan by Teakster Lost in the Forest by Teakster Ablution by Teakster Summer Colours by Teakster Commercialisation by Teakster Lost Secret by Teakster Prayer II by Teakster Technology by Teakster Dhikr II by Teakster Sun Kissed by Teakster Prayer III by Teakster Bug Eyes by Teakster Typography Explosion by Teakster Traffic Light Chaos by Teakster Skater Boy by TeaksterLizard by Teakster  Azaan II by Teakster Dhikr by Teakster


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  • Reading: Green Latern
  • Watching: Naruto Shippuden
  • Eating: Sweets

Salaams, peace and hey everyone! :D

Last week London hosted the 6th Marketplace of Creative Arts, bringing together artists and audiences from the Muslim and non-Muslim world.

This is an international creative arts festival presenting 39 artists from over a dozen countries in various disciplines and genres including visual arts, poetry, film and music.

A visual arts and installation exhibition was opened each day of the festival. The installation exhibition showcased artists from various fields, such as street artist from the UK to traditional painters from Asia.

In addition, an independent film festival was showing an array of international films touching on a variety of topics aimed at highlighting the themes of the festival.

The festival also offered discussions and interactive workshops to equip aspiring artists with the business skills they will need to launch a successful career in the creative industries.

Each day concluded with music and fusion performances by artists from various disciplines in front of a live audience.

Due to poor advertising, many people weren't aware of the event but for those of us that were there, it was a rare sight to see artists that really believed in using their art to inspire the soul!

Indeed there are many 'art events' and festivals in the UK, but this one was different. I don't think the UK will ever have an arts festival as good as this one. I am not saying it is impossible but it will be long time before someone pulling of an art show at this scale without an alternative motive.

Thank you to all the amazing people who made this possible - it was an honour to be in your company.

You view my photos of the event on my Facebook page.

Asalaamu alaikum = Peace be upon you! :hug:

Check out some of my prints -

Long Path of Dreams by Teakster Nomad by Teakster Gate with a View by Teakster Sabr by Teakster Ronin by Teakster Ramadan Mubarak by Teakster Forgottern Mask by Teakster Rapeseed Field by Teakster Four Elements - Arabic by Teakster Shaykh Zayd Mosque - Domes by Teakster Study Sister by Teakster Emirates Palace Hotel by Teakster The Seeker by Teakster Nur II by Teakster Summer Harvest by Teakster

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Eid Mubarak to everyone! :hug:

I pray everyone who reads this lives a happy and long life and everything good you wish and hope for you get.

'Eid Al Adha or 'festival of sacrifice' takes place at the end of Hajj , or when Muslims go to perform their pilgrimage to Mecca. 

People who weren't able to attend also enjoy the blessing of the day by enjoying food, company of friends and family, as well as gifts such as new clothing.

You can go here to read the full article and see more details at Wikipedia - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hajj

Below are some Eid designs I have made over the years while I have been on DA - 

Eid Card I by Teakster Eid Card II by Teakster Eid Card III by Teakster Eid Card X by Teakster
Eid Card IV by Teakster Eid Card V by Teakster Eid Card VI by Teakster Eid Card XI by Teakster
Eid Card XVII by TeaksterEid Card XVI by TeaksterEid Card XIII by Teakster Eid Card XVIII by Teakster

A larger collection of all my Eid cards can be found in the following gallery - teakster.deviantart.com/galler…

Take care all!!! 

More art coming soon!

Asalaamu alaikum = Peace be upon you! :hug:

Check out some of my prints -

Freedom to Worship by Teakster Hajj by Teakster Dome by Teakster Minaret by Teakster
Whirling Dervishes by Teakster Azaan by Teakster Ablution by Teakster Dhikr Glow by Teakster Prayer III by Teakster
Typography Explosion by Teakster Dhikr by Teakster Shaykh Zayd Mosque - Minaret by Teakster Knowledge by Teakster Shaykh Zayd Mosque - Window I by Teakster
Prayer II by Teakster Minaret II by Teakster Dhikr II by Teakster Shaykh Zayd Mosque - Pillars by Teakster Azaan II by Teakster
The Seeker by Teakster Four Elements - Arabic by Teakster Shaykh Zayd Mosque - Domes by Teakster Study Sister by Teakster
Nomad by Teakster Sabr by Teakster Nur II by Teakster Hijab - Graffiti by Teakster
Qaf by Teakster Arabic Glow by Teakster Nune by Teakster Golden Siin by Teakster

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  • Watching: Naruto Shippuden
  • Eating: Food....lots of food!
  • Mood: Joy
Peace and cake for one and all!!! :wave:

*Passes the cake to autobot2 to give it to the rest of the group*

I pray that all of you are well!

I cannot believe I've hit the 100,000 mark!!! :dance:

I know compared to other deviants it's nothing, but to me I think it's great. :D 

Some people don't think much of page views while other people try any crazy tactic to build it up. I like to think of it as a way on the amount of people that are interested in looking at your work.

I guess this is the moment to thank the people who watch me, so hold tight and I hope I won't get too emotional. :noes:

I don't want to get too big headed but I think my talent has been a blessing from Allah (God).  I know many people aren't religious but this is my belief and I don't ask you to believe the same, but it wouldn't sit right in my own heart if I didn't say that first off. As a result I thank Him for any shred of talent I have and hope that I use it to its best capacity and improve on it throughout my lifetime.

I would also like to really thank you guys!!!

The images below have received daily deviations because of your support:

Four Elements - Arabic by Teakster School Days Comic by Teakster Infinity by Teakster

Due to your support I am giving this image as gift to you guys which is based upon the first image that received a daily deviation from my collection:

100,000 Pageviews by Teakster

You guys have really helped me improve as an artist. All of your comments, feedback and critiques, have shaped into a better artist. So thank you for that. I would love to shout out some names nut it be rude for the people whose name I forget but you guys know who you are! :nod:

The positive feedback and encouragement I have received from you guys, has pushed me forward with my work and skill.  It has made me feel like someone out there actually likes my art for what it is or isn't. 

I think at the end of the day I have no guarantee as to how long I will live, and if I have a chance I would rather have died trying to do my own thing than not trying at all.

With a large group of followers and 3 daily deviation already received, I hope to do more with you guys.

So thank you and I hope you keep watching me! :D

Since it is October... check out my funky and colourful monthly calendars. They are all 300dpi resolution, so you can print the PDFs directly from your printer and stick them up wherever you like. You can download them from my website.

Asalaamu alaikum = Peace be upon you! :hug:

Check out some of my prints

Music by Teakster Hero by Teakster Azaan by Teakster Lost in the Forest by Teakster Ablution by Teakster Summer Colours by Teakster Commercialisation by Teakster Lost Secret by Teakster Prayer II by Teakster Technology by Teakster Dhikr II by Teakster Sun Kissed by Teakster Prayer III by Teakster Bug Eyes by Teakster Typography Explosion by Teakster Traffic Light Chaos by Teakster Skater Boy by TeaksterLizard by Teakster  Azaan II by Teakster Dhikr by Teakster