Thursday, April 27, 2006

Inspire Me Thursday : Find the Art in the Everyday

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Note To Self: What is it with me and fruit?!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Illustration Friday : Robot

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*Update: Here's another version. Much better I guess but....Argh!
My colour sense seems to have abandoned me today!
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'As the Giant Robot stomped through the city,
crushing vehicles and houses in its wake,
the hapless citizens ran for cover!'

Sunday, April 23, 2006

SCBWI - Illustrator & Writing Contest

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My submission for SCBWI's Illustrator Contest. The challenge - to illustrate what's REALLY at the end of the rainbow. My take? At the end of the rainbow you'll find the rainbow witch, who makes magical potions from bits and hues of the rainbow. Oh, and she has a dwarf to help warn her when a non-magical being is near - which is why it's likely you and me are never going to find her.
Here's a poem written by Coz that explains it better,
My work begins where the rainbow ends,
It's various hues in my cauldron I blend.
I make magical potions for my kind,
I am the rainbow witch you'll never find!
Dogcrab submitted an entry for the Writing Contest over at the same site. Here's his take on the Rainbow Witch,
His plane was on fire - that’s bad.His parachute didn’t work - that’s worse.But Captain Hairferry was lucky: he bounced off a big, soft cloud – and hey! Was a rainbow growing from it? Yes! And, amazingly, he could slide down it – all the way to the ground. It’s lucky he was lucky, or he’d have fallen into a cauldron. He did hurt his backside, though.“Ow!” he said, and looked up. A witch! But she didn’t look evil, and she sighed. “Dear, could you help choose a new colour for my cottage? It’s taking so long to decide…”
Now to wait for the results!

Monday, April 17, 2006

Inspire Me Thursday : Vernal Equinox Challenge

Where I come from (India), for all practical purposes, there are only two main seasons - Summer and the Monsoon. In the state of Bangalore (where I currently live) , you could say there are three seasons - Summer, Monsoon and Winter (when there is a drop in temperatures primarily in the night). Funnily enough, in India, Spring is practically non-existant. We either have pleasant days or days when its too hot or raining cats and dogs! :)

So what I'm actually trying to get at here is that I'm not really sure if the season here right now is Spring. We've been having unusually high temperatures erratically interspersed with heavy showers. I'd say its summer down here!

So for the spring challenge, I figured I'd have to do something based on my thoughts about Spring. But then I looked out of my balcony and spotted this nest in the tree in the front of my apartment building. For all you know it may be a remnant of the last season as I don't think its occupied right now, but it did remind me of Spring.

Here it is in pen and water colours for you to see. Water colours because I'm fairly new to the medim and so have been trying to use it as often as I can.

(I apologise for the poor quality was the best I could do at the time!)

And oh! When I'd finished with the water colours, the nest appeared to be nothing but an unidentifiable brown object. So in an attempt to save it and make the whole thing more 'spring-like' I stuck some twigs on it, hoping it would look more like a nest. I'm not sure if it helped!


What do you think?

EDM Challenge #4: Draw Your Mug Or Cup.

Did this yesterday while experimenting with watercolours (I'm new to them) and figured it would work for EDM Challenge #4 : Draw your mug or cup. Since its been ages since I've done an EDM challenge, I hereby present to you - my mug!

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Illustration Friday : Spotted

Billy and his dog Dot, got into a spot of bother.
Spotted by mother
Whilst drawing spots on the wall,
They were caught freckles, collar and all.
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Friday, April 14, 2006

B'day Doodle

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Just something I doodled while I was procrastinating. Why is it that the longer my to-do list gets, the less inclined I become to get it done?

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Inspire Me Thursday : Series of Art

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Sunday, April 09, 2006

Illustration Friday : Speed

Attempt # 3

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Attempt # 2

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Attempt #1

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Woke up this morning and did'nt like what I'd posted last night (Never work on something when you can barely keep your eyes open).

So worked on it and then worked on it some more. Does it say 'Speed'?

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Illustration Friday : Spring

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"...In the spring time, the only pretty ring time,
When birds do sing, hey ding a ding, ding;
Sweet lovers love the spring."

~William Shakespeare
(As You Like It 5.3.15-20)

The whole quote goes like this,
"It was a lover and his lass, With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino,
That o’er the green corn-field did pass,
In the spring time, the only pretty ring time,
When birds do sing, hey ding a ding, ding;
Sweet lovers love the spring."

I'd found the last three lines on one quote site and had almost finished the illo, when I decided to verify the quote on other sites, which was when I found the complete quote. By then it was too late to incorporate green corn fields :).

So I'll just leave you with a lover and his lass, enjoying spring...

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