Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Drawing Human Face

Never thought drawing a human face need so much of thinking. Every facial feature plays an important role in each expression. They appear differently in all of the views like - frontal, three-fourth and profile. One has to master drawing the facial features in all of these views. I think there are just two books available dealing with facial expressions to the best of my knowledge.

I have been trying to do a little bit of practice in drawing human faces before I start working on the expressions. 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Post review - More work ahead.

I am glad that the SCBWI India Chapter has gotten active from this year on and June 17th was the Online Portfolio review for the Picture book Illustrator's community. 

I was very much aware that none of my art pieces were of the portfolio standard as I am still in process of building my portfolio for Children's books. But still I went ahead and uploaded all those works that I felt were better than the rest on to my website. I was not so happy with it and knew what the response would be, but still wanted to see what the panel have to say about it. This event happened at the right time when I was seriously working towards my portfolio. I understood what comes easy to me, what my strengths are and what areas need more practice.

I learnt a lot from this event about the Indian publisher's expectation from a picture book illustrator. They majorly favored the hand-drawn illustrations than the ones done digitally. Directly or indirectly, the panel did an excellent job to give me a better insight of myself. It gave me a different perspective to look at my work.  It's very much clear that you cannot make everyone happy with your work, there would always be mixed opinions as everyone is a different individual and all have their own thought processes. It's up to the artist/illustrator to take the best out of such reviews and work on what they love to do and at the same time hone their craft to a greater level. 

I am super charged to work towards my "real" portfolio now; I have some books lined up for reading as I have to master certain areas before I even experiment on that. :-)

Monday, May 23, 2016

52Wk Illustration Challenge : Still Life

No matter how much I try, I wasn't regular to the 52 Week illustration Challenge this year. This week's theme was "Still Life". Following were my submission for the theme "Still Life".
Still Life| Watercolor | Handmade Paper

Still Life | Watercolor | Fabriano Drawing Paper 200 GSM

Still Life | 2B Mechanical Pencil | 200 GSM Drawing Paper

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Work In Progress

This is a WIP shot of one of my personal illustration project which started a month ago. I often sideline my personal projects, leave them unfinished and completely get into the study mode. Lol. That's one weird thing I usually do - which is not a good thing. :p

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Colour Collective ~ Pearl

I created a new Photoshop brush and was desperate to try it out. Actually whenever I try any brush, I just do some scribbling on my Cintiq and delete the file. I must have done thousands of such random scribbles. Today when I look at my brush sets, I sometime forget how they actually behave. So I have decided that hereafter I will make it a practice to work on some serious illustration to test my brushes. And again for color collective submission, one illustration was due for this week. I quickly sketched this little girl. So here is my submission for the Colour_Collective Challenge for the color Pearl.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Watercolor sketch

Sometimes its good to go with the flow rather than plan on what to paint.
Today morning, I felt I should keep touch with my watercolor studies even when I am more inclined to do digital paintings these days. But when I was all set with the supplies, I was totally blank as to what to paint. I knew this will happen, so I forcefully loaded my brush with a color because I badly wanted to do some watercolor sketch today. I thought for a while and felt I should carry on with something that comes easily to me – and that’s cute faces of kids, and that’s how this cute girl sketch happened.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Colour Collective - Leaf green

This is my submission for the Colour Collective challenge on Twitter for the colour "Leaf Green". This was done using watercolor and polychromos colored pencils.