Wedding announcements

Inspiration for drawing is everywhere. Recently when a friend of mine posted pictures from her wedding on Facebook, I could not help but interpret them in my own style.

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A week later, a picture from another friend’s wedding album found its way into my digital sketchbook.

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If you have any request for custom illustrations, announcements and pricing enquiries feel feel to contact me on my Facebook page or drop me a line.

Phir Milenge!!

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What a character !

Wonderful thing about the internet and the blogosphere is that you get to meet some extremely talented and wonderful people from different parts of the world. Earlier this year I chanced upon Koosje Koene Illustrations from Amsterdam via a Facebook group. I hopped on to her blog and followed along as she shared images of her sketchbook project. In March Koosje hosted a character drawing challenge on Facebook in which I participated and although  I did not win , I learnt a lot from her weekly tips and her blog. A talented artist herself, Koosje teaches an online drawing course which I hope to participate at the next available opportunity.

Tip for your character drawing: make a lot of sketches

Tip for your character drawing: make a lot of sketches

Tip for your character drawing: try to get to know your character by drawing it in different positions

Tip for your character drawing: try to get to know your character by drawing it in different positions

Anyways taking cue from her, I started to implement her suggestions into my own drawings and trying to draw characters more consistently and confidently. Right now I working on creating a little boy for a dummy book.

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Please feel free to provide your feedback on these. Which one do you like better the one with the curly hair or the straight haired one ?

I would leave you one beautiful snippet from Koosje Koene’s sketchbook project. Please head on over to her blog and other pages to see all the cool things she has been up to .

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Phir milenge!!

Mapping a creative path

In the beginning of the year I enrolled in an online course called Creative Courage. It was a six week long eCourse aimed primarily to helping one find and flutter their creative wings in a sense.

One of the exercises that we were asked to do was to create a creative road map. The purpose of this exercise was to create a visual reminder for ourself of where we want to go, and what we need to get there. It took a lot of time for me to think what I wanted to do and I think I have something now.

My first thought was to use a circle (completion, connection , radiating lines- some of the concepts in my head ), I wanted to use a map in some form and create a kind of a scroll.

Part-1 – The land

WIP - traced a map of Central Delhi

WIP – traced a map of Central Delhi

I thought of using the map of New Delhi, a place where I grew up, it was a fit because the central delhi is planned around a circle and hexagon. One thought that popped into my head while tracing the map is that while we use a map in a linear fashion to get from point A to point B, a map actually lays out the whole field of options to us. It tells us how to reach where we want to go and in case we loose our way, it can show us alternate routes and can help us to get back on track too. Even after living in Delhi for many years, I have had to go round in circles in central Delhi, sometimes more than once to get to my destination. I found this quote and My map took off from there.

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Quote 1

Part-2 – Connections

Doesn’t life have more than one track? all inter connected? I used a transit style map to denote the three tracks.

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WIP-2 - Different Tracks

WIP-2 – Different Tracks

Different personal, spiritual, professional and dream tracks…. all interconnected though and I added some of my own thoughts.

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part- 3 Action Plan

I needed to list out what I wanted to do and various steps I wanted to take. After all I did want some directionality and a plan for moving forward. I chose to go with an Outward-in path. The final outcome was a hybrid of a solar system and a bulls eye. Ideally as I keep getting closer to the centre I will be closer to realizing my goals too.

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Putting it all together

Choosing colours and thickness of the bands

Choosing colours and thickness of the bands

adding words

adding words

I ended up adding colours to the delhi map because it was appearing too blank/white. What do you think ? Was it a wise move or should I have just left it blank?

Final map hanging on the wall.

Final map hanging on the wall.

I hung the map on the bulletin board in our house (its longer than the board). I put it along side some images from India which always cheer me up. Clockwise from left: An Odissi dancer striking a pose ( a university campus map in the back ground), the snake charmer puppet from Rajasthan, pictures of Paintings by Indian artist Manjit Bawa and picture of colourful bangles.

The final dimensions you ask- 26″ long and 10.5 ” wide. I don’t think I will make a scroll out of it though….. may be put it in a frame.

Oh and remember, ” before you head out on your journey, make sure you are carrying the right map and you will be able to find your way home” – yours truly.

Your feedback, critique and comments are all welcome.

Phir Milenge!!

iDoodle

Here are the next five doodles for the Doodle-a-da-march. This time I used pen and ink.

Treasure- where your heart is

Treasure- where your heart is

In the woods- A mom and baby

In the woods- A mom and baby

Someone who inspires you- MY mom and my baby

Someone who inspires you- MY mom and my baby

Sign- based on a bible verse 2 timothy 1:7

Sign- based on a bible verse 2 timothy 1:7

Time- no where is the time lapse so visible than in the growth of a child

Time- no where is the time lapse so visible than in the growth of a child

I am hoping I will be able to work with a different medium for the next 5 prompts.

Phir Milenge!!