November 28, 2010

Real Watercolor and Digital Watercolor

Artists everywhere are abandoning old methods of painting and embracing digital tools for various reasons. Most successful artists have been working in traditional ways before jumping the ship.

Though I don't claim myself to be a master of the traditional watercolor medium, I feel quite confident in acknowledging that I have been doing watercolor pretty good on paper for years. And I will continue painting. Digitally. And otherwise.

The watercolor above began with nothing on my mind or on paper. No pencils were broken in the process. It took just plain old watercolors, sable brushes, and a 4x6 Strathmore watercolor post card. Sort of a miniature painting, one might say. The only annoying thing was the interpolated texture of the paper  thanks to the scanner! Shhh... the boat was added later in Photoshop. But who cares? After all, ars gratia artis!

November 16, 2010

From India With...

In an earlier post dated 11/09/09 I had caricatured the physical change Obama had after his visit to China, Korea, and Japan. This time around the change was more of a different nature.

Obama went to India with a laundry list of wants. That included selling stuff to India to the tune of $10 billion. The deal would, hopefully, generate more than 50,000 jobs for Americans. Won't the big guns send the backoffice jobs to India and manufacturing jobs to China again to save money? Of course they would.

Obama promised to keep all the jobs in America in his inaugural speech. Will he keep his promise? May be not. Why? Banning outsourcing of jobs may not be a good idea because protectionism is a double-edged weapon that can cut both ways with unpleasant outcomes.

What did India get from Obama? A promise of a seat in the Security Council. And what did India reward Obama for his generosity? A Nehru cap, I guess!

Note: Illustrator CS5 and Photoshop CS5 were used in creating the Obama illustration.