As an artist, what would be considered shirk in what I draw?

As an artist, what would be considered shirk in what I draw?

A little background information; I’m a recent revert (since February) and as such, I’m still learning a lot. As I have been cleaning out boxes and such for zakat, I found a lot of old projects that I started before I reverted but never finished and now I want to complete them. Well, some of those projects are “different gods of the world’s miscellaneous pantheons challenge” (which encompasses many many drawings, hence the word challenge) and such. Completing these drawings would be great for my professional portfolio, but would completing these be considered shirk? I only worship Allah and it’s not like i would be worshipping these other gods or make them equal to Allah, so I’m really not sure if it would be shirk.

Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 1 year ago

Bismihi ta'ala

There would be no problem with drawing or painting. Such an art is a valued talent and indeed must be appreciated.  

A problem would arise if:

1. You are making full sculptures of humans or animals. If it is something that has a "soul", then it is not permitted to make a sculpture of it. 

2. It is a promoting of anything that represents any deviancy, immorality, or anything un-Islamic.

And Allah knows best.