Mariam Abbas Creates The Tiniest Illustrations – And How She Works Is Very Impressive

Mariam is an artist from the United Arab Emirates, who creates tiny illustrations with an incredible amount of detail. She uses a combination of sketching, watercolours and pointillism to depict places and things that she sees in her day-to-day life.

She started her miniatures series because she felt that it was the best way to fit art into her busy schedule.

Her inspiration came from the work of Lorraine Loots, a South African miniature painter.

Shelter at Dhobi Ghaat, Mumbai. (This illustration is hand-drawn with dots, a method known as pointillism.)

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Abbas gives the project her own unique, Arabesque flair. She includes life size objects next to her illustrations in order to show just how tiny they are and posts time lapses of the process.

Surprisingly, Mariam doesn’t use a magnifying glass to make her art; instead she sticks her face really close to the paper and works where there is plenty of sunlight. She has a range of brushes that go all the way down to the tiny size 0000 and a lot of sharp pencils.

A childhood favorite.

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You can find most of her work on her instagram account.

This article was written by Diyora Shadijanova.

Written by Diyora Shadijanova

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Diyora Shadijanova is an aspiring journalist from London that writes to feel and writes to heal.