As a part of my current course in Adobe Illustrator, we were to create a vector image to replicate a low resolution jpeg Pepsi logo. My attempt is on top, and the original jpeg is on the bottom.
A couple of years ago, I was painting on Canvas with Acrylic Paints. As I was waiting for a layer of paint to dry, I started doodling with the Acrylics on my hand, and ended up with this white & blue henna design. I’m not sure if I would ever sport something like this in public, but it was a fun way to kill time :)
Today in my Adobe Illustrator Class, we learnt about the pen tool, brushes, paintbrush tool, pencil tool, and the blend tool. It was so interesting, that I decided to get experimenting during class itself. Experimenting as my instructor taught really helped me grasp the concepts and ask the right questions.
Prior to class, I was sitting outside in the warm sun in a little park, doodling a henna-like design with a blue permanent marker. I used this image as a base for my graphic art. The original doodle is below:
My painting instructor suggested I attempt a portrait, since I tend to draw people a lot. I was met with a huge surprise! Painting portraits and drawing them could not be any more different- painting definitely being the more challenging of the two. I decided to base my painting off of the work of the famous Indian painter Raja Ravi Varma. Every South Indian I know has a Ravi Varma knock-off hanging off their walls, so I thought that this would be something that they could relate to. With this ‘interpretation’, I attempted to match the style and pose, but didn’t try too hard to match the exact facial features or details. Overall I thought it was not too shabby, considering it was my first attempt :)
I painted this using oil paints on a 16×20 inch stretched canvas. Overall this painting took less than 8 hours, which felt incredibly short after my previous painting!
On an unrelated note, I have a friend named Raja Ravi. Unfortunately, it’s not the artist, but I do get reminded of him every time I look at this painting!
Two years ago, when I thought about using a blog to organize my artwork, I was not met with too much enthusiasm. On the contrary, I kept the blog to myself for about a month until I could show my closest friends what I had in mind. Though I still got a lot of skepticism, I really liked the idea of organizing my art work, and documenting the thought behind why I did what I did.
The two years since then have been phenomenal! Slowly adding to my collection, my views slowly increased, and soon the same people who were skeptical were asking me when I would be posting next. It also gave me a great outlet to share my work with my family and friends around the world! The final month before the “two year anniversary”, April 2012, was the busiest month yet! We had over 2000 views in April alone, and a LOT of activity in the final days, when I posted my latest Oil Painting & Design Project. In November of 2011, I registered my domain: srisarts.com, and created my own ‘logo’, really marking my ‘domain’ on the web.
Here are my three top posts (by views), and top search keywords over the past 2 years.
My Top Search Keywords: Peacock Drawing, Wish Flower, Radha Krishna
My Top Countries: India, USA, Canada (Almost a tie!), UK, and Malaysia
And counting.. :)
I have a lot of Artsy goals that I would like to accomplish in the next couple of years. These goals include Graphic Design pursuits, singing plans, as well as developing my Fine Arts skills. I hope I continue to keep your interest as I embark this artistic journey. I thank all of you for the support I have gotten so far, without which I wouldn’t have had the enthusiasm and drive I have today. :)
Yesterday, Saint Thyagaraja would have turned 245 years old. Thyagaraja composed 1000’s of Kritis, and each year we still honour his contribution to Carnatic Music at our annual Thyagaraja festival.
He, along with his contemporaries Muthuswami Dikshitar and Shyama Shastry, forms the Trinity of Carnatic music.In 2007, around the time of my first Carnatic music concert, I had drawn a picture of the Trinity.
I drew this using lead pencil on card paper that we got in bulk at Chapters. :P Clearly, I was not introduced to the excitement of cool arts products yet.