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January 2, 2012 4 comments

 

iPanorama

December 31, 2011 4 comments

Renewal season at work is at its peak, which also means everything is nearly completely sorted out (business-wise) for the new year. New challenges and new responsibilities have truly kept me from having a breather this passing year; as sad as it is to say this, but I’m kind of happy to see 2011 going. That’s just me personally.
I’m sure some folks had a wonderful year! And I’m happy for you, guys! But considering I have not taken a vacation from work for over 3 years now, I find such immense pleasure in stealing little moments in the morning (especially in mornings) where I rejuvenate.

Last time I took my wife and daughter to Marina Crescent, but today my wife wisely suggested we drop off the little monster at my family’s house and go to Al-Kout’s mall for a breakfast under the big warm sun. And we did. We had a humble dish that we shared and I enjoyed my coffee. I rarely drink coffee… now that I think about it! Walked around a little in the sun afterwards, closed my eyes and breathed in fresh air. Felt my lungs were regenerating!

Anyway, I wanted to capture something for you guys so you can share my morning with me. So I used my iPhone to snap multiple photos of the place, and decided to create a panoramic view out of them using Photoshop. So enjoy it (click to enlarge), and wish you guys a VERY successful 2012 and the best of luck. You all need it. Love you, people 🙂


Minstrel

Krispy Kreme: A Social Drama

December 17, 2011 14 comments

Hey, everyone! Been away for quite a while, and I’m not quite back. It seems life just ‘knows’ I hate roller-coasters! Anyway..

So I woke up today, feeling a little weak and lightheaded, and decided I should have some vitamin D. Got in the car, with my wife and evil daughter, and headed to Marina Crescent. Sure enough, it was one of the best shots I made in months (years?). The breeze was refreshing, the sun was amazing, and seeing my daughter run around and waving at the sea and screaming in utter joy was absolutely priceless.

Then of course I thought I either smelled Doughnuts.. or Homer Simpson. And thank God it wasn’t Homer. So I walked into the double K, got some original glazed, sugar glazed, chocolate glazed, to name a few. As the jolly salesman was getting my stuff ready, I noted some really nice sketches hung up here and there. I really liked them. But there was one that caught my attention. Something was not right:

This is supposed to be a family, right? Well where in the world is the dad?! It’s a single mom driving the kids to the.. well they’re going somewhere.. but it’s a single mom! There is NOTHING wrong with a single mom driving her kids to some place fun, for a vacation, but this isn’t a soap opera. This isn’t a reality check. And this certainly is not a place to have your subliminal messages in the face of your customers! Maybe Krispy Kreme’s customers didn’t notice. But if I did, I’m sure someone else has.
Maybe you’re thinking: “well what’s the big deal?” – I’ll tell why it’s a big deal: it’s a big deal from a business/commercial point of view. If I was in charge of supervising this artwork for KK, I would without blinking reject this. What’s so hard in adding a dad in there and have a complete, happy, and loving family vacation? I mean.. I did it in less than 10 minutes!

Dear Krispy Kreme:

I enjoyed your delicious doughnuts. I fixed the wife’s sunglasses, got her her husband back, and wanted to save the tennis racket from falling off, but then I thought sometimes you just lose your racket, you know? Just don’t lose the father, please.

Much love,

Minstrel.

Blood at Ford’s

April 14, 2011 8 comments

It is said that Abraham Lincoln had confided to his bodyguard the night of his murder that he had been having dreams of being assassinated. He met his fate at the Ford’s Theater at the hands of one John Wilkes Booth. Shot on the 14th of April 1865, and died the following morning. This is a humble sketch work in Abe’s 146th anniversary.

Samurai Shmoo!

April 4, 2011 Leave a comment

Hear ye, hear ye!

Beloved people, today I’d like to share with you a thing or two about painting and the importance of shadowing. You know, drawing itself is nothing compared to painting. Painting, or coloring, is what makes a drawing stand out or die out! So I sketched myself (again!) in a Samurai uniform, looking all happy and bald. The reason why I’m happy in the sketch is because I never got to wear a Samurai’s uniform before! And this is why art is vital; it makes you do things you normally wouldn’t do in your everyday life. It is worthy of mentioning that I am bald now, as in the sketch, but stopped smiling.

Anyway, enough of that, let’s focus on the sketch. Simple, clean, black outline. I almost NEVER sketch like that, where I make clean outlines and clear borders. I like it messy and sketchy ; ) But for the purpose of THIS post, I decided to go ahead and demonstrate how it comes alive with color! I could argue, by the way, that the ratio between sketching and coloring is probably 1:2, where for every 1 hour of sketching you’d do 2 hours of coloring, but that’s my personal and very unprofessional assessment. It differs from one artist to another. So don’t take my word for it!

Would you look at that! Alive, ain’t it? But do keep in mind that solid plain colors alone won’t do the trick. Highlights and shadows are not crucial, not essential.. no they are not. Rather, they define the entire process from start to finish! Sometimes sketches are better left without color, why? Because the coloring job isn’t so good; it would ruin the sketch. Other times the black-and-white feel simply speaks louder, so it really depends on the theme of the drawing.
Another very important element is details. The more detailed you are in a sketch, or coloring, the more refined and more alive it becomes. Paying attention to small details on the sword, inside the mouth, the cloth, the shadow, the socks, the physics of how clothes fold with movement, etc.. all of that translates into a better sketch. Of course, you might not notice any of that here, but that was for your information : )
I’m thinking I’d like to draw some of you, so do let me know if any of you is interested and what you’d like to be in the sketch.. go crazy ; )

This is dedicated to the people of Japan. You guys are role models in discipline and self-control. You are all Samurai.

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Angry Quick Strokes

November 4, 2010 Leave a comment

Much like a writer’s block, an artist’s block can settle in for a long while. And what a tough while it is. The moment you grab that pen tablet of yours and try to sketch something, all that comes out is nothing more than a silly blah. And that’s saying much. Because at the end, you are what you do best. And if the one thing you do best is, well, un-doable, then you’re pretty much in trouble. So before I get up and head to my sheesha crib, I splashed something for you guys on Painter. If it looks like crap, don’t worry, because you’re more than likely to be correct.

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Sketchin’

August 25, 2010 13 comments

It’s been a while since I used Photoshop for sketching. There’s just not enough time anymore for anything; too busy with work or family, which leaves no room for good old sketching, painting or even watching movies. Eh.. you know what people say:

When you’re a kid, you have all the energy and time to do everything but no money to do anything. When you’re at the peak of your youth you got both energy as well as money, but no time to do anything. And when you’re old and grey, you got loads of money and all the time in the world, but no energy to do anything.

It’s kind of scary to think how true that is. To know that you’re at a stage in your life where you don’t have time to attend to the important things, to family, health and..well..sketching! So when I found that I have a couple of minutes of free time in addition to a good mood to sketch, I decided to do just that. So here it is, and I’m only showing you guys a step-by-step simple sketch of a character I made for a comic book I’m working on. It’s a little random, but it works for me. I haven’t found a name for him yet, so I’m open to suggestions 🙂

So I start off with the head, a simple upside-down egg-shaped head, and I just gave him an indifferent look on his face, since that’s what the character is like in the comic book. He’s really a caring person, but sort of an ignorant jerk when it comes to making a decision.

I think you just have to imagine how he’s sitting or posing, here I just imagined him sitting down with a light saber before him. But you all know how it is with sketching, you start with something and end up with something completely different.

Of course I had to change the legs a lot. It’s only natural that I don’t get it right the first time.

He’s got to look a little funny, right? I don’t see him having well-trimmed hair, or even bald. Messy and long serves his character right!

Details add incredible depth to the sketch. Some say don’t sweat the small stuff.. except in drawing. The more detailed, the better.

Quick loose coloring will just tell me the direction of the character in terms of aggressiveness, or maybe his racial background. So I thought this guy is of unknown origins 😀

Adding some Jeans texture to his denim pants. I took that from the net and played around with it a little, to give it a little ‘realness’. Not sure if it worked…

Remember the light saber? Well.. now it’s graffiti. I just thought he didn’t look a like a guy who’d carry a sword around, and if he did, he’d be too chicken to use it. So I just wrote sketch graffiti style…

And here it is with 3D dimension. Hope you enjoyed it and there’s more where that came from 😉

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