Interviewing the Bahraini Artist Behind ‘Popcorn Nose Art’

Bahrain Confidential speaks to Sarah Rajab, the Bahraini artist known for her vibrant and quirky digital portraits.

Sarah Rajab is a young Bahraini-Filipino artist who is taking Instagram by storm with her works of art. You might have seen several accounts using vibrant portraits drawn by her. Just recently, we had the chance to talk to Sarah to know more about her humble beginnings, art style and more.

Tell us more about yourself. Who are you and what motivated you to get into art?

I am Sarah, a Bahraini-Filipino student living in Bahrain. I have always been drawn to art since I was a little girl. In school, my teachers would always ask me to paint on the walls because I had “steady hands”. However, what really motivated me during the past few years was the support I got from best friend, who saw the potential in me and pushed me to pursue my dream.

What does art mean to you?

For me, art is a form of escapism. When I work on my pieces, the experience takes me to another world. Art helps me cope with a lot of things like stress. When I paint, I am able to forget everything else and focus on what matters to me. Art changed my life.

Can you describe your artistic process?

Other than taking commissions, I usually go on Pinterest to find inspiration. When I see something that I feel like drawing, I save the picture and go on Procreate (an app in my iPad) to start drawing. I usually start with a sketch then polish some outlines. After that, I start adding colors, shadows and all the details I like to add. Finally, I add a background color that fits the artwork.

How do you know when an artwork is finished?

After I’m done with an artwork, I like to give it some time to “rest”. I look back at it after a few hours or so; once I’m satisfied with the outcome, I know that the art is ready. Otherwise, I’d add small details to finish it off.

What advice would you say to aspiring artists?

The best advice I would give is that, if you’re inspired by other artists don’t copy them. Instead, find your own style; play around with your mediums and materials until you create your own. Originality is really the key.

Which part of Bahrain is your favourite and why?

I like Amwaj because it is quiet, peaceful and is close to the sea. I enjoy the beach life!