Oct 24, 2011

Day 69

"Taking the trash out"
(Ritual self-portrait without my face)

Photoshop project. Pictures taken by Indhu, thank you mucho.

Yes blogging from class as I am done with this project. But now I will go back and edit my old illustrator project.
It feels great to get on my bike again! Oh how I missed biking in the morning for the past few weeks.
Fall weather is perfect for biking except the runny nose and watery eyes from the wind.

It's a calm and chaotic morning sort of like this song.

Oct 13, 2011

Day 68

My brothers reaction to this was "What the hell?" ( He thinks he is so cool...-_-)
A vector project done on illustrator.

I personally think it turned out pretty well.  
Inspired by Kehinde Wiley's painting.

Thank you Radha for letting me use your computer =)

Kehinde Wiley's paintings are usually of hip-hop singers
Such as this one of "LL Cool J" I saw at the National Portrait Gallery in DC.
I was thinking about how the original image I used in my work (him standing in a very 'dont care about anything' pose) is similar to the style Wiley uses in his paintings. A gesture can convey large amount of information about a person's personality.
In Wiley's painting, he depicted a sort of high class status in the stern look on a larger than life canvas. 
My brother on the other hand is sort of just chilling with his headphones that I gave him in the windows wallpaper background (because he is a geek and is addicted to his ipod)

Forget hip-hop. Here is some nice Niyaz music.

I read Robert Henri's "The Art Spirit" this summer and I can probably read that book over and over again. Every sentence in the book is lyrically attractive and his words leave me in awe every ime.
one great thing I learned from that book: concept of Self-education
He reiterated this 'best education is self-education'
he talked about how this thirst we have to know and learn can only be quenched by ourself.

Now I am reading/trying to read "Thoughts on Art and Life" by Leonardo Da Vinci (did I mention we share birthdays ^_^)

Excerpt from his book, he sort of talks about the same thing Henri does.

"he had searched to find a scientific basis for art, and discovered it in the imitation of nature, based on rational experience. this idea was, in part, Aristotelian, imbibed with the spirit of the time though in the ordinary acceptance of the word Leonardo was no scholar, least of all a humanist. his own innovation in aesthetic was in requiring a rational and critical experience as a necessary foundation, the acquisition of which was to result from the permanent condition of the mind. he had trained his own faculties to critically observe all natural phenomena: first try by experience, and then demonstrate why such experiments is forced to operate in the way it does, was his advice. The eye, he gave as an instance, had been defined as one things: by experience, he had found it to be another."

wow, I certainly didn't think I'd keep up with this when I started 2 years ago.

Oct 11, 2011

Day 67

This is not exactly the final version of the t-shirt design done for Muslim Student Association but its almost the final version. Right now the Illustrator is not co-operating with me regarding this font business. Next time I will post the final version.

So Ms. Prabhakaran  and I started this thing called Radiant Colors (not sure if I mentioned it earlier, but she got this idea of starting a small business with me while eating cereal, yes cereal).
 This T-shirt was designed under Radiant Colors. You can find us on Facebook...yayy woohoo.
Ok I am done. 

I hope you are all doing Awesommeee ^_^ weeee for the fall weather.

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