Friday, June 30, 2006

Illustration Friday : Rain


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'Rain,rain, go away!'


Just made it!

It's been a long week. Started it with a relapse of the flu and ended it with a bang (literally) by jamming my finger on a door. The whole nail's turned a horrid shade of blue.

Anyhoo, coming back to the illustration, this is based on a photograph of my 1 year old lab, Leo. It's probably a stretch for this week's topic but I was desperate to get something done and this is the first thing that came to mind. He's often found by the window looking out into the world wistfully...that is...when he finds time of from sleeping, eating, playing and stealing shoes for fun!


Sunday, June 18, 2006

Illustration Friday : Dance

A huge thank you to everyone who stopped by and left a comment last week!
I'm feeling a lot better. Maybe not a 100% but I'm getting there.
This week I present two new illo's, both slightly in danger of being 'too cute' (especially the first one) which is something I always try to avoid.
But I guess, once in a while you're allowed to venture into 'too cute'.
I'm also putting up something I did ages ago - I call it my 'Dance' series. It has many flaws, but it's a series I particularly enjoyed doing back then.

I love this week's topic and am hoping to do more illo's based on it, time permitting.
For now, enjoy and your feedback is appreciated as always!


Illo #1

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Illo #2

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The 'Dance' Series

(Again, this was done ages ago so please ignore the flaws...and the weird faces :D)

First in the Dance Series - Shall We Dance?

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Second in the Dance Series: Dance With Me

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Third (And Last) in the Dance Series - Dirty Dancing

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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Illustration Friday : Jungle

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This did'nt end up the way I wanted it to. But that's partly because I'm down with the flu. When I started on this illo, I was sick and determined (not to miss a week of illo fri) and now that I'm done I'm just sick and weary.
Version One was before the cold medicine. Version Two is after the cold medicine - when I decided the previous version was'nt vibrant enough.


Monday, June 12, 2006

Inspire Me Thursday : Show And Tell Art


Around a week or so ago, I felt the need to take a break from doing art on the computer. Digital art is something I enjoy and like for its convenience (how great is it to be able to pick from a variety of brushes and colours in an instant, make copies and have the 'undo' option at your disposal while making art?) but that particular day around a week or so ago I was feeling particularly unispired by the medium and decided I needed a break from it.

I'm currently a student of VisComm in a local institute, and right now we have a break with classes resuming from the 15th of June. So I figured why not splurge on a bunch of art supplies and spend the week before classes resume just creating art by hand? This was also partly inspired by this website. I loved the concept of spending 30 days just living the life of an artist and just creating. Plus I love challenges. So basically I guess I had visions of doing something like a 7 day artist challenge - doing as much art I could in a week using whatever supplies I have at my disposal.

Here's what I've got so far.

Artwork #1 : Portrait Of A Girl

portrait2of a girl

Day One started off with a portrait in watercolour for Illustration Friday. It's based on a photograph I took of a friend, and while I'm pleased with the result I'm also aware that certain areas have gotten muddy. I decided I wanted to keep at the portraits in watercolour and try to achieve a perfect portrait in the medium - ergo one which is realistic, yet true to the watercolour style with no muddiness.

Artwork #2 : Portrait Of A Coz-Friend


Coz-Friend is sometimes what I refer to my cousin in my head. :) We're the same age and spent the last three years as classmates and room mates in college, so I guess she's more friend that cousin in some ways. This was another attempt at a portrait in watercolour, again based on a photograph I took of her. Hmm...I felt I face the same problem with this one as in the previous one. In my attempt to make it as realistic as possible I overworked it again. But am happy with the resemblance.

Artwork #3: Robin Redbreast


This one is a watercolour study of this very cute photograph of a robin I founf online that was used a refernce for Artwork #4. I call it 'Robin Redbreast'.

Artwork #4: Robin Hood

robin hood

This one was actually started on day one. I was going to call it 'Listen' as the idea was to have a bird singing into a girl's ear. However after the initial sketch and first layer of paint, I could see the whole thing just was'nt working. So I decided to make the bird bigger and change the style of the face maybe. While staring at the green background I'd laid down, it occured to me that in terms of colours atleast a brown/red/white bird would fit right in. So I started looking for a reference picture of a robin. I found a gorgeous picture. So gorgeous that I decided to remove the bird altogether and make the bird the sole focus of the painting. I'm glad I did. What followed was fun. I started on acrylics (and in between layers did artwork #3). After I'd finished the acrylic robin, I still felt it was'nt was too...well, ordinary. Pondered over words I knew I wanted to add tot he painting, and in the process came across 'Robin Hood'. That got me thinking and finally I had it. The idea I needed to make it different. I would add the words 'Robin Hood' and give the bird a robin hood hat! I collaged the hat with newspaper, printed out and glued the words. After a few mishaps, I was done. I think I liked the way it turned out though there's still something about it that nags me. Hmm. Anyway, on to Artwork #5.

Artwork #5 : Free-Fall


This one's an abstrct. Now my approach to the feww abstracts I've done so far is to lay on some paint spontaneously. After a point, I'll step back and try to figure out what it's trying to tell me, what it makes me feel. Did the same thing here. Laid on the purple and blue strokes...added the crosses cos' I felt like. When I stepped back, I distinctly had the impression of 'falling' but in a good way (Am I making sense?). And from there on the rest of the painting just happened. The whole concept revolved around 'free falling'. If in life, we have to fall (and we usually have to) why not free fall? Enjoy the fall, get as much out of it as you possibly can, then get up and dust your hands! :D .Umm. Well, that's what I came up with anyway.

Hav'nt got a very good response to it so far and am currently contemplating painting over it.


And that's my progress so far. Classes resume in 2 days and I find myself in a slump. Feel like I hav'nt been doing good work so what's the point in going on? While I know this is not positive thinking and probably stems from a lot of self-doubt, I can't seem to help myself. So have decided to just 'go with the flow'.

And that ends my show and tell. I apologise for the lengthy ramble.



Thursday, June 08, 2006

Illustration Friday : Portrait

Portrait Of A Girl

portrait1of a girl

portrait2of a girl

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(Based on a photograph taken by me)

Watercolour on handmade paper

Portrait Of A Bear

portrait2of a bear

portrait1of a bear

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(Drawn from life)

Water colour on paper

Saturday, June 03, 2006

More QuoteArt

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"You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star"
~ Friedrich Nietzsehe

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"We are all in the same boat in a stormy sea
and we owe each other a terrible loyalty."
~ G.K.Chesterton

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"The earth laughs in flowers"
(Not sure whether to attribute this quote to
E.E.Cummings or Ralph Waldo Emerson)

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"To create man was a quaint and original idea,
but to add the sheep was tautology"
~ Mark Twain

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