Sunday, March 29, 2009

VSD March- watercolour version

This is my watercolour rendition of this month's VSD challenge. I skipped the feeder and concentrated more on the birds. Its was a nice experience to do this in both charcoal and watercolour. Hopefully I didnt miss the deadline. Tell me how it is!

Friday, March 27, 2009

VSD sketch- March

This is my entry for this month's VSD challenge. This is charcoal on paper sketch on the image supplied by Stacy Rowan. I really wanted to do it in watercolours, but did'nt have time as my college exams are going on. Indeed, even this sketch is done on the eve of my linear algebra paper. But I'm going to do it in colour once the exams are over and will try to finish it before the deadline.

Some old sketches

A couple of my old sketches. The first one is a sketch of the famous Easter island statues. The medium used for it is quite different and interesting. The medium is called inksketching, in which you use a pilot or ink pen to sketch and then use water to smudge it with a brush. It gives some really cool effects- like the effect of rocks that can be achieved here looks beautiful.
The second sketch is of Lord Ganesh, which is done in black oil pastel and charcoal on paper. Tell me how both the sketches are.
Exams going on and I have my physics paper tomorrow in the morning and prob stats in the afternoon. I have two guitars in my room and my new watercolours are still unused which is completely bumming me out. I'm planning to go to Panjim for a sketching trip after the exams. Its a really beautiful city and I'm craving to sketch it.
Wish me luck for my exams!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Saturday night blues

The time is foul, my friends. Exams are approaching, leading to the addition of introducion to electrodynamics by Griffiths and introduction to probability and statistics by, who cares( why the hell do they call them introductions?) on the table, along with the new box of watercolours I am itching to try out, and I am listening to the blues! I got the blues, or did the blues get me?Seriously, I've been listening to a lot of blues lately. Ray Charles, with his ultimate 'I got a womaaan!!!' and the beautiful 'For mamma' and the amazing B.B. King with his equally amazing guitar Lucille!( You know, it just feels right when in the middle of a song, he calls out, 'Sing, Lucille!' and goes into a beautiful riff.) and Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Eric Clapton! Thats all I've been listening to, you know. The King said that he played the blues because they helped him pay the dues. And you know what, when you are listening to the blues, as the beat progresses, and it weirdly sounds slow and fast at the same time, and as Lucille gently weeps, you do feel the blues. Imagine after a long hard horrible day, you come home disturbed and depressed, and the person that you love holds you and tells you to let it out, now imagine you are alone, and you don't have a loved one, you pick up your guitar and sit in the dark, you've got the blues.
The music doesn't make you happy. You know, there is some music which changes your mood, makes you happy; no, blues don't do that. The Blues ain't makin you happy. The Blues make you comfortable with your sadness.
Practically every successsful piece of music in the sixties had the blues. They took 'em, churned them around a bit, rocked them, rolled them, jazzed them, sometimes grunged them to a headbanging intensity. But they had the blues.
You know, this is the third post I writing about the blues. Previous two got deleted when the internet suddenly got disconnected (Oh, I was damn pissed off. You write something with your whole heart, trust the blogger autosave and guess what, poof! it all vanishes into thin air. And thats not all; you do that twice.). I was very dissatisfied with the first one, more so with the second one, and I can't believe that I am going to publish this in the end. But I need to wrap it up before I can't resist giving it proper justice. There will be more posts on the blues, but now as I said, the time is foul. Anyway, Divesh got this fine idea of starting a kala blog. Kala is the fine arts club of BITS Goa. We are a group dedicated towards encouragement of fine arts on campus. We have amongst us some very talented artists, cartoonists, origamists( I hope this is a word.), photoshop artists, and most importantly a very dedicated bunch of people. So please check out the blog( for updates of events we organise and works of all members.
Now, I have the whole night ahead of me with joint distribution of random (discrete and continuous) density variables, an empty stomach and joint distribution of random(discrete and continuous) density variables. No wonder I've got the blues.....

Monday, March 16, 2009

So, so you think you can tell,
Heaven from hell
Blue skies from pain
Can you tell a green field
From a cold steel rail
A smile from a veil
Do you think you can tell?

And did they get you to trade
Your heroes for ghosts
Hot ashes for trees
Hot air for the cool breeze
Cold comfort for change
And did you exchange
A walk on part in the war
For a lead role in a cage

How I wish, how I wish you were here
We're just two lost souls swimmin in a fish bowl
Year after year
Runnin over the same old ground
What have we found?
The same old fear
Wish you were here
Wish you were here
- The Pink Floyd

Sunday, March 1, 2009

This is the idea I was talking about- only its materialised. This is charcoal and oil on paper. The red and green on charcoal look beautiful and make a statement( hopefully). The photo was taken and retouched by Rash, as was the photo of the VSD sketch. That guy is a genius with photoshop and has a great sense of editing and retouching. I hope that I have gotten the shadow right so that it also looks like a dove. Tell me how you find it to be.

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