Thursday, March 8, 2018

Some pencil and charcoal portraits that I drew recently. I have tried Steadtler Mars Lumograph pencils. and for charcoal I used Generals charcoal, Daler Rowney willow, Artistloft and Cretacolor while charcoal for highlights sometimes.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Shoes by Van Gogh

Why would Van Gogh paint shoes?  Shoes! That also jagged, worn out.  Rejecting sublime and heroic themes why would an artist choose to paint something which can't be considered a thing of beauty.  How important is the choice of subject in the creation of artwork? We know well that a maestro can render even a flat composition marvelously owing to his dexterity and uniqueness.    But VanGogh wasn't even trying a feat like that…he wasn't confident of himself as a master who would perform such a stunt to display his prowess.  He painted pair of shoes many times during 1886 to 1888. This one was done in 1888.

To understand this we have to bear in mind the social background of the artist. After all the creator as we see him laid mythically in the books had all the common feelings of a human being.  
Van Gogh's life was marred by poverty, loneliness and insanity.  That his poverty lead him to insanity and insanity to his poverty is a complex issue.   A lone, idiosyncratic fellow who is feels the fangs of poverty on his flesh in order to paint it faithfully will literally be drawn to floor.  Sitting in his room he had beds, chairs, or as in this case his shoes as his only companions.  It was VanGogh's constant engagement with these things that made him look for animation in these objects who started resembling him. The shoes are disordered and haggard. The pair appears to contain two left shoes, allegorically telling the grotesque tale of his life.   Painted in brown monochrome they are like an art movie shot in black & white to beautify the poor and pitiable.
These can be read as portraits of the artist. Swollen at different places as they take shape of his feet they remind his presence even when removed.  
Again it's the self-righteousness of the painter who takes pride in this state of his for the sake of art and this he does by suggesting a halo around his shoes through short strokes which were later to found in his larger and famous works like Starry Night.
Compositinally speaking they are arranged cleverly against the direction of square pattern of the floor. Their curvilinear contours defy the geometry of floor in form and movement. Place in the centre of a square canvas the shoes form a hill like triangle.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Joyflips- convert your photo prints to digital memories

Robert Salaverry is my client for whom I made some explainer illustrations some time back.

He has developed an amazing iphone App to store your memories. The App is called Joyflips. The App works through the video camera in your iphone.
You can stack your old printed photos on a table, and then start the video recording of the photos by simply flipping the pics one by one.

There is a video on the official website to show this easy process.

After you have scanned all the pics quit the camera. JoyFlips App will then automatically separate the pics, correct their orientation, color correct them, enhance their quality and make your online album which you can share with your friends and family. They can download it with a click or view your album on their internet browser.

Link below is a completely safe way to get the app now on any iPhone, before it goes to the app store. 

Learn more at:

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Designcrowd_ my favourite crowdsourcing website

I stand as no. 1 illustration designer at on this day. It feels good.
But it took over 1400 design entries over a period of 3 years to reach this spot.

Designcrowd is a leading crowdsourcing platform which is a nice way to find projects and new clients. Although their is competition and one doesn't win all the contests.
Infact, if you are a newbee designer and you want to take part in design contests be prepared that half of them will be lost, not because of lack of your talent but because there are different clients with different tastes and needs and they pick what suits them best.

There are many talented designers competing there everyday on hundreds of design contests.
Designcrowd has been one of my favourite crowdsourcing platform since last few years.
I keep checking in for some interesting contest and when I do find one I put in my entry and when I win it gives me a sense of achievement and sometimes I also win returning clients.

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Using Ergonomic vertical mouse

The Sleight of hand of a digital artist can be marred by the writer's cramp ;) and it's a mess when you have to deliver something urgent (which is always the case with me as a freelance artist).

Being a digital artist I have to use a lot of mouse in a day. Although I use a Wacom Intuos tablet also to do digital painting and illustrations in photoshop and illustrator but there are softwares which require heavy use of mouse such as Autodesk Maya and Final Cut Pro.
During some longer sessions at either of these softwares where I have keep using the buttons pressed and moving things such as footage in timelienes of After effects or Final Cut Pro, or modelling inside Maya... I tend to get what could be termed as "graphic artist's cramp" inspired from the "writer's cramp" . 
Basically it means a painful hand especially the palm, the thumb and/or the wrist. 

I started using the wrist support bands and almost felt like an athlete sitting on computer. At times when pain travelled up to the elbow I would use an elbow support pad as well.
Then I searched about this topic and found many articles and remedies for this.
Not to forget the homeopathic medicine Ruta  G. which gives immediate relief to tired eyes from long computer sessions and relief from wrist pains. I am a homeopathic enthusiast also so keep studying and practising a lot of medicine as well.
Anyways what I was going to suggest in this post was using an ergonomic vertical mouse. I purchased one vertical mouse from Amazon. It is  named Circle Sniper gaming mouse. And after few minutes of use I am finding it very comfortable.
The round button on the top is for quickly improving the cursor speed on screen. I am using the lowest which is the normal cursor speed and sometimes use the middle one. The fastest one is too fast. May be best for gaming sessions. But I am not a gaming person.
So far so good. It feels the mouse should have been designed like this only. And though the vertical mouse looks funny in the beginning almost that one feels one would never be able to use it as a replacement for normal mouse. But as the name suggests, it is actually ergonomic and you will forget that you are using something different as far as usability is concerned. And definitely as they say while using the normal mouse the long bones of our forearm get twisted and remain in that position for a long time which is unnatural and thus causes muscle pain and sometimes serious problems like tennis elbow (yes it can happen even without playing tennis) and the painful Ulnar Nerve disorder.
So, using an ergonomical mouse and keeping Ruta G near you will go a long way.