It is the Moon.

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The moon is older than any tree in this wood or any man on this land.
Every once in a while, it flies all the way from the edge of the sky to our homes.
Its feathers carry the sweetest smell and the softest sounds. As the moon floats around our homes, the soft winds fill our hearts with warmth and our dreams with joy.

Tonight, the moon was expected to be here, but none of us had seen it. Our children are unable to sleep and the elders are worried.
It is time I travel to the edge of the sky.
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To be honest, I have been a bum for the last 2 weeks. Very little progress and whatever progress there was, I wasn’t satisfied. But I guess I should just call it done and move on.
I like this story and I’d like to revisit this sometime later or make an entirely new piece. The next one will be better!

On the bright side, I am learning a bit about John Singer Sargent. Maybe I will try this workflow on my next panting. I will link a couple of videos below. The artists did an amazing job at trying to understand and explain how Sargent approached his paintings.

 

These last several days, I have been obsessed with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. It has amazing history too. Check it out below.

 

Also, I’ve been reading “THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME” – Mark Haddon. Pretty amazing so far!

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It is the moon – update.

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Hey people…Here’s this week’s update.

I obviously will work on regulating the tree scale. But the idea is pretty much here. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to work on this throughout the week, this is what I managed to do over the weekend. I will try and get more this week.

And like always, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this one.

Cheers.

Major Update.

Hey guys, I haven’t posted an update for a very long time now. I’ve been busy for the last several weeks, but very less productive, The saying “Being busy is not the same as being productive” applies 101% to my situation right now. It is about time I change this. So, I thought of plan, something that would keep track of my progress. I will try and commit myself to post an update here at least once a week. Be it work-related or the book that I read during the week, or anything interesting that I learn…Could be anything, but I will try to keep the blog up to date.

Alright, enough blabbering…Here are the updates.

  • Let It Go‘ was nominated into another short film festival under the Animated Short category. This time, it is “Short To The Point“. You can find it listed under –  February 2018 Animation selection.

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  • A new illustration is out. I forced myself to finish this one by today. Definitely compromised in terms of quality, but I hope I managed to convey the message. I had to finish it haphazardly, I am trying to give myself deadlines and hit them. Pretty hard to do it, at least for me.

Titled: Adulthood, I wanted to address how the creative side of a person is obscured by the time he/she becomes an adult. I don’t want to explain everything. I’d want to see if it is communicated well. I’d want to know if I made the right choices. I will be glad if you guys can give me your inputs. What you see in it, how you interpret it. It is also a reference to Harry Potter.

Please click on the image below to see the illustration in Artstaion. You can also find progress/steps. I ask you again and again, please let me know what you think about the illustration. It is important for me to know if I am conveying the idea.

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  • Speaking of Creativity and Imagination, I managed to finish Michael Crichtons’s “Sphere” last week. An interesting novel, the story takes place at the bottom of an ocean after discovering an unexplained space craft. I have learned a couple of interesting things from this book.

Number one, it is one of the inspirations behind the illustration Adulthood. I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone, but one of the characters talks about how powerful and important our imagination is. And how it influenced us over time.

The other interesting thing I have learned from this book is the concept of “Space-Time“. Michael Crichton did an amazing job explaining how Space-time works. Basically, imagine space to be a plane. An object with certain mass is on this plane and it has certain amount of gravity. Because of this gravity, the plane around the object bends.

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Now, if another object is travelling along this plane, and since the plane is curved, the velocity of the travelling object is different at different points , as it gets closer to the primary object, it travels along the bent plane. Which means, the amount of time affected on this travelling object is lesser.

The heavier the object, the stronger the gravity is. And since gravity bends space, the affect of time also changes. (I have a feeling that I made it complicated than it already is). Check the video below. The professor explains it neatly.

So, I guess that is if for now. Like I said, I will try to keep the blog updated. Thanks guys, Cheers!

Painting a Legendary Guru

 

mahantSwami_15FinalI feel honored to have had an opportunity to make this painting of the Legendary Personality – A great Spiritual teacher – Mahant swami.

Also, this is one of the very important paintings that I have done as I have discovered/developed a technique for which I have been trying for quite a while. I strongly believe that this technique of showing volume through paint strokes (thanks to my life drawing teacher – Brian Hladin) will help my painting process a lot in the future projects.

I will be glad to hear any inputs from you guys.