Posts Tagged ‘arts’


D156. That’s my room. It’s a single room and when I first entered, quite forbidding. It was damp in many places and had curse words (in bad English) scrawled all over the place. To make a long whining short – the place was uninhabitable and violated my right to life. Of course the only person who could change that was me. The nice thing about the senior year in my college is that we have a lot of free time.  Someone smart had once told me that “A rational man would adapt himself to the situation, but an irrational man would adapt the situation to himself.” And I’m dripping irrationality through every pore.

So I paint the first pair of walls.

Disregard me in the picture >.<

Close up of the guitar. Please don’t pay attention to me. You’ll only be encouraging me otherwise.

Now I don’t want to sit here and write out an interpretation for all the crap I put up on my wall. The design in any case isn’t completely mine. I took it in most part from this amazing artist called Haze Long from Malaysia. Believe me when I say it, she’s a goddess when it comes to abstract wall art. Check out her website: http://hazelong.com/

It took me little over a week to finish this part. I was, of course, working only intermittently. It was a learning experience more than anything else. That and a lot of grunt work. A LOT. Those black bands took forever to finish.

O hai.

The whole project was on hiatus as I had come down with stomach flu for a month. After that there were exams and all and I had to wait till the vacations. In the meantime I was working on the design.

The wall which I was going to paint had a nasty switchboard right in the middle. This neatly divided the wall into two parts. Since there are two parts, the duality theme was staring right in the face. Now the whole black and white duality is so passé, that I didn’t even consider it. The new duality is poly chrome vs monochrome. This part of painting is better documented, so I’ll let the pictures talk. IMAG0020

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The original is by Kid Notorious in Deviant Art. You can find that here: http://browse.deviantart.com/?offset=48#/d15hsea

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The male half

The male half

The male half

The male half

The male half

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The male half

The female half

The female half

The female half

The female half

The female half.

The female half.

The female Half

The female Half

All this took me the best part of a month to complete. The difficulty of this stuff was on a different level. I realised it the hard way, that mixing different colours on the vertical wall is not that simple, especially with different colours of the same brand having different consistencies. I spent a third of the time doing the actual painting and the rest two third correcting my mistakes. The result of course was most fulfilling.

Inspiration is rare these days. What inspired me to do this specifically is something I’ll leave to speculation.

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PS: Photo credits go to Vysakh Karthikeyan. You can check out his awesome photography page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vysakh-Karthikeyan-Photography/192084064151231?fref=ts

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It’s been a while since I drew something. I tried but I had this block that I was having trouble with. Couldn’t sketch to save my life. After myriads of half finished sketches, I had pretty much given up. But that was before the exams. Smack in the middle of my final exams, I decide that I must get rid of my block. Nothing like all-important exams to give you some divine inspiration. It was Karma. So I start out with something simple.

The photo that was the model was pretty simple. Straight-forward portrait, no weird lighting, no strange shadows and no shining vampire either. The only challenge in the model was the hair, which was all ruffled up – pretty much giving the name to this post. That and the offbeat expression. Though nothing that I couldn’t handle. All my previous artworks had on most part taught me how to negotiate with messy hair, so there you go. Overall it took me two hours to complete the sketch. Twenty four minutes to get the face and the face shades and all that. The rest of the two hours were spent on ..well.. the hair.

By the way, that’s my friend Miral being coy.

Il Mafiosi

Posted: March 5, 2012 in Rhapsody of Art
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Thank God this is over! I started this three weeks from now and have been since working on this intermittently. And boy, was it a lot of work! The whole point of this was for me and my room mates to have some sort of memoir, and seeing that I drew a lot of people, maybe in one of them it could be us. So there you go. Now most of my sketches have models, but this one didn’t. So I had to take pictures of all four of us to make my life simpler, my friend Thridev (from across the dorm) helped me out with his camera. The result of our experimentation was this.

From this I had to flesh out each of them through my imagination, clothe them according to 1920s to 30s style. Give each of them a role to flesh them out even better. In some cases, I had to mess around with the orientation of the head and all, to get the right feel. In order of original photo: Jakes – The Fixer, Me – Shady Barman, Avinash – Dirty Cop, Stein – Mafia Spare.

It took me just about forever to finish this one. The time would easily cross beyond 12 hours. There isn’t anything new that I have done with this sketch, other than the fact that I drew most of it out of my head. Since most of what you are seeing is from my imagination, I made mistakes with the shadows, so forgive me for those.

Vysakh, our year’s Primo Photographer, helped me out by taking a shot of my sketch, since I couldn’t scan this, what with A4 scanners and all.  And Vishnu helped me correct the midtones and the shadows. So it would’ve looked really crappy without these two.