Sunday, January 29, 2006

Illustration Friday: Glamour

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There was nothing Libby liked more than to dress up in her mom's clothes and jewellery and pretend to be a glamourous movie-star....

EDM Challenge #51: TV

Challenge # 51 : Draw your TV with a show playing.

Done after lunch, while watching 'Recess' on the Disney channel. It's definitely not my favourite show or anything - was watching 'Honey, we shrunk ourselves' while eating, and did'nt bother to switch channels after it ended. Done entirely with a fountain pen, which was fun. Proportions have definitely gone hay-wire though! :)

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Illustration Friday: Cats


I have two entries for this week. The first one's for a piece of text written by Dogcrab, and the second is just something that popped into my head last night. Both illo's are of totally different styles. In fact, I would say the style of the second one is very similar to that of my entry last week and even inspired from last week's theme.

Dogcrab On The Subject Of Cats

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What is it with old women and cats?
Every mad old bat in every movie and every book, living by herself in a little cottage, has cats. Scads of them. Arabella figg in Harry Potter, the grumpy old hag in Gremlins. All dotty, all weird and all living in a whirl of cat hair and milk. And cat smell. Which is really strong. I read somewhere that what you think about cats is the way you view your ideal partner...So... is this some psychological thing, the cats being the relationships that didn't happen? The scarred tom there, is he the rough-but-ready rogue that got away, those kittens playing with the ball of yarn, the kids she never had?
What do you think?
C is for Cat

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I've gotten mixed reactions to both styles so far. I'd love to hear what you think of each, so please do leave behind some constructive criticism (good or bad) !



Friday, January 20, 2006

Illustration Friday : E is for...

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E is for...

- the ecstatic me when my computer, which decided to go into a coma sometime last Saturday, finally woke up yesterday.

- the exasperated me when I could'nt think of anything good enough for this week's topic and assumed I would'nt be able to post anything this week as a result of no ideas and lack of time.

- the elated me when, after having decided to keep it simple and post something/anything (I hav'nt missed a single challenge since I started following Illo Fri), I finally managed to finish and post the above illo.



Thursday, January 19, 2006

dogcrab demented

finally, finally, an actual thought... ratlion should be pleased... wish it were a more cheerful one though, or at least something nice and philosophical... bah... feels like there's a dementor stalking me or sitting on my shoulder... jk rowling gave us such a wonderful device to pin our gloom on, didn't she? it's exactly as she'd described them... crazy, crazy pain, gloom, all the worst thoughts and horrors of your mind jumping up at you, everything you thought you'd managed to grow out of... even things totally unconnected with the cause of your misery start to look threatening... family, friends, everything... one ambiguous word here or there and you're worried, upset and frightened... that it's all going to hell... alles ist verruckt... what an apt phrase...
at work... it's something incredible to have to come to terms with... that in no event is the world ever really going to be a fair place... that there'll never be a wiped slate from which everyone can start and be judged on the truth... so depressing to know that there are actually storybook villains in the world and that you have to either join them, or chuck your principles and go along, or be a worse person and fight back... i guess it's one of the lessons of life or something...
anyway. damn. and who do you explain your anger to?
wish i had some song lyric that would say this... hello rainthots... but i don't think so... wish i could put up 'comfortably numb'... wish i felt that way.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Illustration Friday: Sea

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She sells
sea shells
on the
sea shore.
This tongue twister I remember from way back when I was young (Wait a sec, I'm still young! Correction: Younger! ) seemed a perfect subject to illustrate for this week's topic. (When my mom first recited it for us, me and sis spent atleast an hour trying to say it fast enough without getting the pronunciations mixed up).
The only other tongue twister I remember from back then is,
Betty bought some butter,
the butter was bitter.
So Betty bought some more butter,
to make the bitter butter better.
Do you know any similar tongue twisters?

Friday, January 06, 2006

Love Lost - 2nd In The Quotation Series


I hereby present to you, the second in the 'Quotation' series. I call it 'Love Lost'...

Love Lost-blogworthy

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( Click on the image for an enlarged view. Recommended if you want to read the quotes in the background! :) )


I did tell you I was bored. Three days off with nothing to do, can do weird things to a person. But hey! I think this turned out pretty well, don't you? Done in a total of around 3 hours ((with innumerable breaks in between, I might add!) too. :D

While the previous one in the series was inspired by the quote, in this case the drawing came before the quotes. As in I put down the figure that came to mind at that moment and then found the quotes that seemed to best suit the concept that the figure suggested.

Anyhoo!! I enjoyed making it...and I have a feeling there just maybe a few more additions to this series...


Thursday, January 05, 2006

Successful Relationships - 1st In The Quotation Series

Hey All.

Been having a lot of free time on my hands lately. Was especially bored today evening, so decided to illustrate this saying/quote I got in the mail. It's a combination of drawing and collage techniques. Did'nt quite turn out the way I had in mind, but I had fun with it :).

What do you think?

Copyright 2006 Ratlion
A successful relationship requires falling in love many times with the same person

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

EDM 48: My New Year's Goal/ Resolution


Just discovered a yahoo group called 'Everyday Matters', through this site. It's quite similar to Illustration Friday and consists of - among other things - weekly drawing challenges, with a new topic announced every weekend.

Obviously I'm thrilled at the discovery :D. Have already signed myself up and here's my contribution to this week's challenge.

Challenge #48 - Draw something that represents your new year's goal or resolution

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I've decided that my new year's resolution is going to be to draw more, and more over to draw better each time as illustration is something I want to pursue seriously as a career.

So there's me, diligently ideating and persevering to create consistently good art :).

Do let me know what you think of it!

My New Profile Pic

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Yup. That's me. Or rather as close to me as I could get.
People who know me, ought to agree there's a likeness! :)
*Update: Ok, sis does'nt think it looks like me :(
But what the heck! I'm keeping it! Atleast till I get around to making another...

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Illustration Friday: Flavour

There's nothing quite like the flavour of
a hot cuppa coffee...

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