Monthly Archives: September 2011

A friend’s portrait

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This past weekend, my friend celebrated his 23rd birthday and I decided to give him something personal. I drew this picture of him using a graphite pencil on Bristol Vellum paper and framed it. Overall, a pretty inexpensive gift, but the personal touch made it a memorable one. So memorable, in fact, that another friend has already made a request for his birthday in November :P.

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Diwali Card Order #1

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After seeing theseĀ  Diwali Cards, a friend of mine from France ordered 3 more. Similar to the others, I used red ink, acrylic paint, and gel medium on 100% Acid free canson watercolour paper. Enjoy :)

If you’d like to order Diwali cards, please send me an email at srisarts @ gmail.com! Stay tuned for a lot of colourful Christmas Cards!

Diwali Card

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A friend ordered a combination of 10 Diwali and Seasons Greetings cards from me. Soon after I finished those, I had some gold paint left on my palette so I decided to make one last Diwali Card. This is done with Ink, gel medium, gold acrylic paint, and gold pen on 100% Acid Free Canson Watercolor paper. I will be posting the remaining Diwali Cards tomorrow, and the Christmas/New Years Cards shortly following that. If you would like to make an order for Diwali Cards, let me know ASAP as Diwali is coming up on October 26! To make an order , send an email to srisarts at gmail.com with your contact information and I will either call you or send you an email within the same day with further details.

And this is a picture of the first three layers

Congratulations Card

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I was sorting through some art stuff last week, and I came across this card my sister and I made back in 2008.We had a few weddings and arangetrams to attend that year, so we had made 6 or 7 similar cards.

It is a simple card made with a stack of scrap booking paper that we picked up from Costco about a decade ago (Yes, we still have it!). We glued it on using a children’s sticky glue bottle on card paper. Here it is!

Alaskan Adventures

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So I’m back after a bit of a blogging hiatus, and there are quite a few things I need to post! My excuse is just about as good as it gets. I was on a 10 day vacation, which included a 7 day cruise through beautiful Alaska. For those who haven’t been to Alaska before, it is simply awe inspiring. Every single part of that trip was nothing short of spectacular.

On the last day of our cruise, I did this quick totem pole doodle- A direct inspiration from the traditional Alaskan art. The bottom of the totem pole is a ship, representing the cruise ship we went on. The next image is a Beaver, and as we learnt from the Beaver Clan in the Tlingit Tribe at Saxman Village in Ketchikan, a Beaver on a totem pole always has two large front teeth and holds a stick. The next image represents a Gondola. In Juneau, Alaska, we went on the steepest gondola I have ever seen, and took a one hour hike on top of the mountain. Following the hike, we visited the Mendenhall Glaciers and saw a Bear walking a couple of feet away from us, which is depicted in the next image on the pole. Moving up the pole is a train, representing the Yukon Whitepass Railway that we took from Skagway Alaksa, through Bennet BC, and up into the Yukon Territory. We then bussed down the Klondike Highway. It was definitely the highlight of my entire trip. On top of the totem pole is a sun. In a place that measures rain in feet and not inches, we had only ONE day of rain in the entire 10 days of our vacation. The weather was simply spectacular, and it really made the experience even more wonderful.

Though this is a simple peice of work, it really sums up a fabulous vacation, and brings in the Alaskan esscence. One more thing to note is that the sun on top was depicted that way to resemble a Princess crown; A small thanks to the Princess cruiseline for really making us feel like royalty. I did this in my low quality doodle book using a black Stabilo 0.4MM ink pen.