September 15, 2011

Target Audience


Beggars can't be choosers. That's the old saying. But many a beggar in India chooses wisely when he/she decides to make a killing. One such situation, supposed to be in Kochi, Kerala is illustrated here.


July 26, 2011

More Quick Sketches



It's a long time since I posted any illustration. Most were created a while ago but didn't get to this far, for various reasons. Shown here are all quick sketches done under five minutes.





May 4, 2011

A Painter Thing


Creating a painting after a photograph is not a big deal. Of late artists of all shades do it, especially when the modus operandi in question is digital painting using Painter. Or Photoshop!

The urge to paint digitally nagged me as soon as I was introduced to Fotostyler, a painting program from Aldus. No sooner Aldus was acquired by Adobe than they restyled Fotostyler and christened it Photoshop. Painter was called Fractal Painter when I first started using it.

Whether an artist uses Painter or Photoshop, it's all about what he/she does with it. The same goes with good old oil and watercolor paintings. It's not about the tool but about how a person uses it.

This painting is done after a classic wedding photograph by Cliff Mautner, "One of the top ten wedding photographers in the world."



February 15, 2011

A Carefree Cat


Cats are easygoing animals.
They just sit around with eyes half-closed and imagine things.
What on earth have they got to contemplate about other than their next nap?
Cats nowadays don't even worry about their next meal either.
Especially the ones in the "developed world."

Most cats that I know can't even recognize a mouse from a rat and vice versa. 
All they do is roll on their backs and kick their paws or swat imaginary things. 
A butterfly? A flying mouse? Who knows!

Here's such a funny cat staring at something. 
Or is it that YOU she's eyeing? Who knows!

This cat is illustrated with Painter X on a 12x9 Wacom Intuos3. 


February 10, 2011

Speed Sketch



It's a quick sketch using Calligraphy brush in Painter X on an Intuos 3 tablet.
I haven't been doing much sketching of late and this should be the beginning of a new activity: a sketch a day.
Hope I would be able to post a few sketches every weekend if not every day. Let's see how it goes!


January 26, 2011

Winter Wonderland!



A magazine cover that I had designed for Kairali, a cultural organization of Malayalees in Baltimore, popped up recently from a bundle of old books and magazines. It needed a fresh look, considering its relevance.

Recent winter storms haven't been really joyous events to cheer about, at least when it comes to getting stuck in highways for hours, shoveling knee-deep snow from driveways and sidewalks, or sitting at home without light and heat due to power outages.

Every dark cloud has a silver lining; every snowstorm brings forth  a sunny morning with blue sky and crisp air. The landscape is always incomparably beautiful under the morning sun. It's a winter wonderland!

Note: A little bit about the illustration. It is done in CorelDraw a long time ago. In 1995!