In my endless experimentation of Art, I am unable to come to a stop.
To become stagnant; embrace only a facet of this ‘Art’?
From Impressionism to Expressionism. Realism to Abstract – all while torn between traditional Art and the Digital side.
so, what have I – what have I come across now? I have gone VECTOR!
Starting with a Vector portrait of a friend of mine – Fahad.
^ This guy, had been urging me to make a vector portrait for quite some time of him. I had remained uninterested – not fascinated by the Vector side. i had my reasons, for I do not feel the sense of belonging to a digital work as one would have with a hand painted traditional one.
– A single, original canvas which had been witness to the artist’s brush and fingertips does not exist – just a sequence of binary code – a series of pulses. Nothing more.
But we do have to be practical, experimentation has it’s fun and digital art does sell. The ‘public’ shows greater interest in their portrait and that- that ‘FanArt’ rather than an original artwork! They need artwork that can be replicated, printed on shirts, cropped to a thumbnail to be set as a ‘profile image’ –
“Whew” finally done!
Now I can move over to the other portrait I have an idea about. I can’t really for sure say how much time this one took, but seems like a total of about 2 and a half hours – give or take some minutes.
This is what it looks like after going through all of it many times, correcting the tones here and there- and using the darker charcoals to have a greater variety of tones in it. Giving it an overall realism.
P.S. Made on my new sketchbook~~
It’s amusing how little things inspire us, and some inspire as such to adopt a new style of art; Do something out of the ordinary – consume ‘life’ in an adventure. To explore new possibilities and to adopt and evolve oneself.
These past few weeks, I have indeed watched a decent share of ‘Great’ films that I consider to be masterpieces of the ‘Cinema’.
Now, here I have painted a portrait of Albert Einstein; A great- great mind of the early 20th Century who poured on our minds the knowledge; to be as technologically advanced as we (the World ) is now. I imagined as, what would it be like to study under his teachings. To be there, one of the students.
// Realism – ( Hyper-realism ? )
Portraiture – this is what urges my finger-tips these days. To grab a brush ( a real brush or a digital one ) and start off- moving closer and closer to achieving ‘the’ Hyper-real. Works so detailed and accurately toned that the result seems near photographic. Though, without the inspiration that those old films provided me with- this would not have been possible. As, the photographs of Einstein are just a few- and for my work I could not use multiple references – as the behaviour of light in nature is complex and imagination fails then- leading the artist in-vain with impractical results. So, a printed image in my hand- I referred to that continually in process of this painting. It is painted just as one would paint a ‘Oil on Canvas’ painting. Only a single layer is used for the subject ( Background layers are separate). Firstly, the rough tonal variations were painted, then the rough micro pores- then the detailed ones; with the lighting continually corrected along the way. The most minute of the details were added without reference, those were by my previous experience with realistic art. Also, hues were altered to end-up with a greyish-brown hue, to promote the feel of ‘importance’. However, nothing was referred for the coat, practising on the canvas, I ended up with a material that mimicked leather- so I went with that.
That is all//
Yeah, okay –okay. You don’t have to tell me. I know I have just started to skate and am quite n00bish in that, well but I has wanted to sketch something that related to the ‘fun of the outdoors’ ( even in a remote sense). To have recently found the joy in jumping on a bored and ‘pedaling’ by toes against the floor- to make me move a few feet forward (yes, the floor isn’t exactly ‘great’ for a skateboard— needs to be smooth)- Yes, I found inspiration in skateboarding ( and some outdoor enjoyment- especially in this Cruel- Cruel Summer, when no ones hangs out with you). And so yes- I sketched which is practically me on a skateboard- I mean like who else can be this ‘thin’? Strangely, I have yet to fall from the board, and this is giving me a growing sensation that I’m not practicing enough. But did you notice something? It’s just a glimmer, not vivid- an impression in ones life’time’ it is! The scene faded as one’s memory fades with time- and how my memory will probably fade and rust with time. Oh- time is relentless in it’s evil.
I uploaded this version first on Facebook, rather than the Traditional one ( as scanned)..
Well here’s the details as I first uploaded it//
“First sketched with charcoal pencils. It was ‘molded’ in the form you see below by scanning the traditional sketch, and redrawing over it in Photoshop. So, in it’s essence one can call it a TraDigital ( yup it is a category on DeviantART) work, as both forms are utilized.
I wanted to do something different from oil paintings, some form of art, which is somewhat ‘speedy’. A one that will be ‘one of my’ signature styles. And here it officially begins. Though, works like these have been created by me before, but the skills were albeit weak back then.
So what Art category should this belong to? In my own opinion, it can be anime, line-art, abstraction and like-wise. As an experimental piece of work this is.
In the digital enhancement stage, I was choosy between a few styles I had made. Should I go with a darker blue tone one, or a lighter one. Changes in Tone and Color changes the whole expression. Be it mellow, happy, sad..etc. I can get many expressions from this one.
A new cover image ( for Facebook)-// That’s what I wanted to create today. To show my other side, that is not artistically serious. That is fun, and loves music. //
So here, it is//// And as always, I used only my photo ( that I took today),and no other images or references are used./// Enjoy//
Oil on Primed Paper
Artist- IBRAR YUNUS
December 2012“What to write here? well, I have this beautiful painting out of the scanner now, and in my hands. And now I’m thinking ‘ where to start’. It is sometimes unusual that how we we unable to describe our own paintings. Well, here’s a start:
The normal viewer sees a bed; a somewhat stylized bed. I have had been practicing with cross-hatching and the artistic power of parallel lines, but had only limited them to the crisp white paper of my sketchbook.
Now, I practiced these with oil paints too, and these give a rather unique feel to the viewer. Separate from what is displayed on my sketchbook. An easier interpretation would be ‘more dreamy’ perhaps. So, YES! this is ‘the’ emotive bed. How I see the morning, the pale yellow- young amber rays. Cracking me out from the shell of my dream- Pulling em back from the Astral into this ‘Reality’. The yellowish tints in this give me the feeling of dizziness- even a little annoying. Like I have just woken up.
I could go on and on about the yellow in this. But, alas! Lets move on to the folds. The folds of the bed.
I admit that I made the folds as a challenge. A plain bed would’ve been quite easy, but more ‘impressionistic’. But I am happy with these folds; reflecting the moment- the first light.
The Abstraction- This is the power of parallel lines ( beneath the bed), Incomplete- Rapidly Changing. Time is creating the next scene. Hence, I could not use the whole paper.
This concludes my basic interpretation of my artwork. I urge the viewer and the art enthusiast to not be limited my words- Feel free to interpret it as you like.”
There was I, sitting in the Seminar hall, an listening to an interactive lecture about ‘Graphics’ and Digital Image formats. As a little background, I like these sessions in the lecture hall, the teacher is the epitome of a ‘teacher’. Jolly, interactive and taking a reasonable amount of time to explain the concepts fully, allowing us to grasp all of it’s meaning to the ‘roots’.
Now, back to where I was, in the Seminar Hall. The teacher placed a little fun challenge for one of us ‘eager ones’. He showed us a picture of a mosque’s wall (in Lahore, Pakistan) and described using quite an expressive vocabulary that what an art piece that wall was. The geometry blends perfectly, it’s a beautiful coalescence of Math and Art.
So, me being who I am, I got to have my raised. I accepted the challenge. And this is what I had to ‘enhance’
Well, weekend came, and I got to do my usual relaxing. And, yes I did turn ON my copy of Adobe Photoshop and worked on it for some time. I started by splitting the image into smaller parts, then altered the values (brightness, contrast, curves) till the major parts of that split looked vibrant and fresh. The smaller images were merged back and the differences between the colors removed. Next, I manually painted the blue, green and yellow parts. I kept the brush settings to low intensity and use ‘Darken’ mode to preserve texture, as I wanted to preserve that rustic feel. Since, a few parts of the old ‘picture’ became overlapped by the new ‘colors’, some parts were rebuilt, the parts ‘grafted’ from other parts of the image.
And here, is what it turned out to be.
Time Taken:- about 45 minutes ( loose estimate, as I Facebook-ed along the way, total productive time is about 25 minutes)
Adobe Photoshop CS5-Extended
For Comparison: _______
I’m knife painting again! and this time, I’m doing it differently, and improving on my own technique, I can now quickly make the right consistency of paint (on knife tip) for this kinda of painting:
Looks pretty doesn’t it? Well I made a few more, forming a series which I’ll upload in future blog posts..
So the highlights are here:-
I stumbled on this style by accident, I must say; a few days ago I was feeling quite low and annoyed on something. So I started to paint this quite crudely, didn’t care much about the blending… Well just a little bit blending.. The next day, I noticed: Holy Sh*t, this is fucking amazing! and so here it is…. For full details and critiques, see my Google+ at https://plus.google.com/110691827763571631843