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Monday, 29 August 2011

My First Mural ...

Wish you a very happy Ganesha Chaturthi to you all ... I will be in my native place during the festival, so wishing you well in advance. We celebrate Ganesha Chaturthi in a grand manner compared to other festivals in Sirsi, probably due to the extended influence of Chatrapati Shivaji. As you must be aware of, historical records reveal that Ganesha Chaturthi celebrations were initiated in Maharashtra by Shivaji, to promote culture and nationalism.

In one of my earlier posts, I had uploaded a work-in-progress Ganesha mural. I somehow managed to complete that today and posting it here.

When I started this, I did not give much importance to the traditional aspect of Ganesha. I made Ganesha with Right Sided trunk, after speaking to the family members and reading some articles I came to know that usually we don't keep the idol with right sided trunk at home. Since I used m-seal and it was already dried up, so I could not just change the trunk alone, I had to remove the work completely and start everything from the scratch :( . But the good thing is - it came up better than the earlier one.

I took a 12 X 18 inches mdf board as the base and Shilpkar, white m-seal which is used for craft work (used 1.5 kg of m-seal). As m-seal becomes harder within 10-15 minutes once you mix it, you have to  mix only the required quantity and to be really quick to get the appropriate shape. Moulds for some of the basic shapes like leaf, flower, lamp, bell etc. are available in the market, I thought it's not worth spending  money for those items. As this work is completely hand made, the shapes are not symmetrical :) I have used knife, broken spoon, pen refill and some of the clay modeling tools to get the required design. By the way I have used mustard seeds for the texture surrounding Ganesha.

Some more photographs are uploaded here - https://picasaweb.google.com/aasha.bhat/MyFirstMural

I made a mistake in positioning the eyes, doesn't look like an elephant but  looks like human eyes :) I was kind of desperate to finish this today, and realized the mistake only after I am almost done. Now I don't have time to correct it, will do that sometime next week and upload here again. Finally I need to apply varnish and put a frame once I am back in Bangalore.

PS : I know some of you had issues in viewing the animation video uploaded in my post titled 'Its time to share an animation work'. It works well with IE7.0 and Firefox 3.6.20, please upgrade your browser and try once again.

Best wishes for a peaceful and happy festive season! /bye

Monday, 22 August 2011

Happy Krishna Janmashtami !!!


Happy Krishna Janmashtami. May Lord Krishna give all the happiness in your life. No better day than today to upload one of my old paintings - Radha Krishna.

I have done this using poster color around four years back. My intention was to try out poster color as well, so that I can claim, I have hands-on experience :) 

Poster color is a good option for school art projects because it is affordable, and is simple to clean up since it is water based. Also poster color dries within an hour, so you have to apply it quickly. 

Poster color is typically used to make big banners or sign boards. You have to use a palette for mixing the required color as it’s not easy to mix the color on heavy duty paper (which I've used for this work). 

As I already tried oil and water color before this, I did not like this medium ... may be because of its dullness. I could not move the brush freely and I was not able to get nice strokes. Of course, lack of efforts from my side as well !!!

Have a nice day! /bye

Friday, 5 August 2011

Its time to share an animation work :)

/hihi Hope you're enjoying the rain in Bangalore, excluding the troubles like traffic jam, blocked drainage, roads beaming like swimming pool... ohh .. let me stop here.

Somehow I feel, B'lore rain makes me desperate to reach home, where as in my native place it attracts me to come out of the house and enjoy. I am really missing the monsoon of Western Ghats, eating home-made snacks with the family members sitting around the Fireplace (setup specially for the rainy season in the  Malnad region), parents shouting at me to stop taking my bicycle out in the rain .. which I love the most, etc.

Let me stop the flashback as I don't want to be upset and spoil my whole day. Having mentioned as an aspiring character animator in my profile, so far I did not upload not even a single work.  Its time to introduce one of my animation assignments to you all, which I completed recently. I spent around 10 days for this work, implementing the corrections one after the another as suggested by my mentor, finally it has reached this stage. There were jerks in my previous work, so I put lot of effort to make it smooth, which resulted in toooooo much elasticity. I still feel bad whenever I open that earlier version. 

Coming soon .... ;)
I am working on a mural - Lord Ganesha and here is the first look.  I took a liltle bigger board,  have lot of things to do. Once I am done with basic shape, need to apply the color and varnish. I hope to complete this before Ganesha Chaturthi so that I can post that in a blog.

Before concluding, I must thank Mr. Prakash Hegde, who posted my blog in the Facebook without my knowledge :) That helped me to get encouraging comments and got to know talented individuals. There was a bit of hesitation in me to share this with 'Facebook Friends' as I don't post regularly and of course, I don't have too many work to upload here frequently  :p

Keep smiling, have a nice day! /bye