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Thursday, 21 April 2011

Pair of puppies, my neighbors can't hate !!

I never ever thought of finding a subject for the blog is so difficult. In fact, its more difficult than painting and animation!

Let me begin with some background about this work. I've always wanted to have a pet dog at my home, I love them a lot. But I had to drop that idea as I failed to convince my husband, who thinks it’s a public nuisance. He must have plans to stay in the same house where we are currently staying for couple of more years !  Of course I too don't want to disturb neighbors and become the subject of their morning walk. In this whole episode I lost a golden opportunity to become a celebrity in my lane :)

So the only option available to me was to test my painting skills. Since I was just '2 paintings old' at that time, I started searching 'second brain' (google) for some references. After spending considerable amount of time, I found Maggie Miller's Pantry Puppies interesting and here is the link.

By the way, I am giving the reference so that you can compare my work with the original :)

I took a 24 X 18 inches canvas this time, probably bigger than the original painting. At that time I thought its easier to give importance to little things if I get a bigger canvas. Of course, by that time I was more comfortable with my strokes.

Before starting this work, I felt the reference I had was a bit dull, so thought of giving more brightness to my work. By the end of first day, I was ready with the sketching and few basic layers. Most of the art schools I know in Bangalore won't allow the students to take the canvas home in between the work. They don't even allow students to finish the sketching at home. This makes students to attend more classes, and for the people who run these schools its a good business tactics to earn more money. One more trick they adopt is - they teach and give tips on an installment basis. They never ever reveal the tips all at once, although they are related. I am not blaming the painting instructors here, as they simply follow their superiors.

I was lucky to have a talented instructor, who taught me so much technical aspect within few classes, in the absence of his boss. Unfortunately he left that institute in between and I had to discontinue as I did not like other instructors. That left me with an incomplete work, which I had to finish at home. Initially I find it difficult to work without a painting stand, but gradually I started feeling comfortable while sitting on the floor. Finally I was able to finish this work in 8-10 days.

Before concluding, lemme tell you the mistake I did in this work. If you observe the tiles on the floor, they are not aligned properly. It was good when I sketched it, but things got messed up somehow during the final stage and I did not give enough importance to the perspective. I will leave it to you to find out the other  differences :)

Have a nice day! /bye

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Finally ... I am into blogging !!

/hihi Welcome to my first blog. Wow!

At the outset I would like to give special recognition to Mr. Reno, my mentor at Frameboxx for continuously encouraging me to start this blog.

Well, let me start introducing myself. I am Asha Bhat as mentioned already under Profile, student at Frameboxx, studying specialization in character animation. After graduation, my interest has been constantly oscillating from the two-dimensional painting to three-dimensional animation with Maya. So I thought of taking formal trainings in both of them couple of years back. Unfortunately I had to discontinue my painting due to time constraints amidst my post graduation and animation course, but I am sure I will start it again.

With this blog, I hope I will get into the habit of writing regularly as it’s a golden opportunity for me to showcase my work. After all, the fact that pressing a button is enough to share my thoughts to the whole world is fascinating to me. Of course, this is a complete U turn for a person like me considering my passionate hatred for computer. Might be because of my husband spending more time in front of his laptop :(
Here is an oil painting work, in a 20 X 16 inches canvas. This is my second oil painting work, will post my first painting sometime later as I don't want to display that in my first blog itself!

Like any other beginner, I took a reference from some art magazine and it took around 6 days to complete this, excluding the time I left it to dry.

Here is a tip for you - while painting if you feel you are taking too much time, take it positively and believe that you are actually experiencing 'creative' process :P

You have arrived at the end of my first blog and I need your comments/suggestions to give it a life! So, check it out, follow and enjoy! Before concluding I should thank people who have provided amazing options like Ctrl+Z and Ctrl+Y which I used so often while writing this blog :)

Have a nice day! /bye