In pictures: Making the grain in sand art
July 31, 2013
Marin is a graphic designer by trade and stumbled upon sand animation six years ago when his wife Elsie, who runs an events company, persuaded him to try it. Asmaa Al Hameli / The National
~"You have to think about shape only, not colour. You only have white or sepia and shading takes too long so you have to take care of the shape.” Asmaa Al Hameli / The National
Her mother, Raifa Al Ismaili, was bemused by her daughter’s request for a glass table on a box of light but eventually, after much pestering, she went to the local carpenter in Umm Al Quwain and had a customised light table built. Pawan Singh / The Nati???
Seven years later, Al Mughairy’s light box is still home-made, as is the box it travels in, the sand container and all the paraphernalia she needs to take with her for a show. Pawan Singh / The National
Luc Marin, also a sand artist, from France agrees; “It is so fine it is like powder,” says Marin. “When I first started, I just used sand from my garden and then later I collected it from the desert. Asmaa Al Hameli / The National
“It is a live medium, not like a pen or pencil, and it holds a lot of emotion.” Asmaa Al Hameli / The National
Shayma Al Maghairy from Oman creates the portrait of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, during her sand art performance at the Ramadan Tent in the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studi???
Desert sand from the UAE is the best sand for their work, Shayma, says.
Shayma Al Maghairy from Oman before the start of her sand art performance. Pawan Singh / The National. “Since I was 3 years old, I have been drawing and when I was 12, I saw sand art on the internet and I wanted to do it,” she explains.