Jan 23, 2012

Day 70

For an active person, lying on bed all day is so difficult. I tried to watch tv, movies and read books but the medicine and pain were too distracting. I managed to re-read some of the book called "Sophies World", its a brilliant book for anyone who has no idea about the origins of western philosophy from Natural philosophers to Freud and everything is mentioned in a story from. In the beginning of the book there is a chapter called "What is Philosophy?".
An excerpt from the chapter:
"What is the most important thing in life? If we ask someone living on the edge of starvation, the answer is food. If we ask someone dying of cold, the answer if warmth. If we put the same question to someone who feels lonely and isolated, the answer will probably be the company of other people.
But when these basic needs have been satisfied--will there still be something that everybody needs? Philosophers think so. They believe that man cannot live by bread alone. Of course everyone needs food. And everyone needs love and care. But there is something else--apart from that--which everyone needs, and that is to figure out who we are any why we are here."
"To summarize briefly: A white rabbit is pulled out of a top hat. Because it is an extremely large rabbit, the trick takes many billions of years all mortals are born at the very tip of the rabbit's fine hairs, where they are in a position to wonder at the impossibility of the trick. But as they grow older they work themselves ever deeper into the fur. And there they stay. They become so comfortable they never risk crawling back up the fragile hairs again."

Well after 4 days of doing nothing. Today I had decided to something productive for sure. Make use of this wonderful Tablet =)

SO, in celebration of Vivekananda's birthday that passed on Jan 12th I created this desktop wallpaper. 
Its not as cool looking as I thought it was going to be, but I am learning to use more Photoshop and Illustrator. So I should be getting better soon.
I took inspiration from this..Tutorial

You are MORE than welcome to use it as a background for anything. I only hope, this inspires people.
If you have special request, I would love to work on them.
Let me know.

Jan 7, 2012

"There is no such thing as talent!"

As a child who is fairly above average in drawing skills or is able to color in crayons well hears all sorts of things from peers and adults. Things ranging from 'ohhh this is wonderful, can you make me something', 'this is great, keep working', or more commonly I have heard 'stop wasting your time and go study'. Or there are many who will say 'you have a great talent'. But is there such thing as talent?
All I have heard from my high school art teacher Ms. La Due is "there is no such thing as talent".
A quote used to hang in her classroom, "Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration"- Edison, written in calligraphy by her high school art teacher Mr. Musselman. Ms. La Due has learned the mantra of 'practice practice practice' from this calligrapher himself,  who truly believes that talent does not exist.
Morning Call, the local newspaper has written an article about this great gentleman who inspired my art teacher, Ms. La Due; who inspires me.,0,2399520.story

Doodles I found drawn on a paper towel cardboard.  At Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

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