Pattern : Illustration Friday

Pattern. Face after face. Follows a pattern, a formula.  Actually it is more like a guideline.  First to learn then to forget. I didn’t get that when I was learning it. How was I supposed to forget? The eyes to be centered from the top of the head to the chin and so on. I’m taking it into account but it’s not such a conscious decision anymore, more a part of the background conversation.   I remember talking to myself while positioning his ears though.

no name - wip

Today, thanks to Ed Terpening, I saw a video demo of  Peggi Kroll-Roberts showing her guidelines for these patterns. It refreshed my memory and I realised that I need to allow for more space below the nose upto the chin :D.

You can see more videos, read about this workshop and see Ed’s beautiful paintings on his blog.

Work in progress 12″ X 16″ Acrylic on Canvas


Shaky : Illustration Friday

Shaky beginnings.   Test prints of my first two woodcuts.   I still haven’t been able to wrap my head around the fact that what is positive in drawing is negative in relief prints. I’ll get there someday 😛

For the first piece I’ve mostly followed the wood grain and I like the feel and flow.  Like a child I was happy to be able to incorporate the face that I could see in the grain.  The specs are of course an addition and so is the mouth but the rest of the profile was “found”.  I truly enjoy the freedom of doing as I please.

While working on the piece the title that came to mind is “Blind and drowning”    I sent it to a friend  to get some feedback and she saw something in it that I hadn’t but then it became crystal clear.  And then I looked and some more!!   The differences in what we saw reminded me of the TAT test that I had taken  in business school.

The TAT is popularly known as the picture interpretation technique because it uses a standard series of 30 provocative yet ambiguous pictures about which the subject must tell a story. In the case of adults and adolescents of average intelligence, a subject is asked to tell as dramatic a story as they can for each picture, including:

  • what has led up to the event shown
  • what is happening at the moment
  • what the characters are feeling and thinking, and
  • what the outcome of the story was

Source : Wikipedia

If you dare. let me know what you see 😀

Test Print - 1

Test Print - 2Test Print - 1


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Subtract : Illustration Friday

Everytime I add to a painting I subtract something from what was before.  Not being in the stage where i can bring it back keeps me worrying about the next session 😛  I’m hoping it will get easier sometime soon. I found that working digitally has the key advantages of undo levels and  layers which allow me to overcome the addition/subtraction problem but other perceived problems prevent me from using it for more than studies.

A piece that I’m currently working on. Red – wip, 12″ X 12″ oil on canvas.

Red - wip 1

Red - wip 2


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Intricate : Illustration Friday

peace pipe - wip 1 Peace Pipe - wip 2

I see the results and not the intricate workings of my brain or why it took me from stage one to a different stage two. Mind you, i’m not complaining, I prefer the brighter colours!

In case you’re wondering the man in the painting is smoking a super sized pipe! Hopefully things will be clearer once the piece is finished. 😀


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Time : Illustration Friday


I cant step back to an earlier stage for this oil painting that I recently completed, on canvas. Had I been making it digitally it would have been easy for me rewind to a few days earlier. Digitally it is possible to get back in time.


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Climbing : Illustration Friday


In less than a month I’ll be completing 5 years since I started drawing and painting again, in earnest.  I’m glad that I still want to climb this ladder unlike the corporate one that I gave up on so long ago.


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Pretend : Illustration Friday


Pretend you’re happy when you’re blue
It isn’t very hard to do
And you’ll find happiness without an end
Whenever you pretend

Remember anyone can dream
And nothing’s bad as it may seem
The little things you haven’t got
Could be a lot if you pretend

And if you sing this melody
You’ll be pretending just like me
The world is mine, it can be yours, my friend
So why don’t you pretend?


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Vacant : Illustration Friday

Shades of Grey

Positions Vacant?  Unfortunately, this coming year this is going to be a well thumbed section in the newspapers.

The piece is titled “Shades of Grey” – don’t believe everything that you read in the newspapers.  As the first thought that came to mind when I saw the topic for the week was vacancies I couldnt resist using this.  : )

36″ X 30″ acrylic on canvas. Photo refs copyright Anil Advani.  Used with permission.


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Clutter : Illustration Friday


This scribble was made earlier in the day as part of a series of exercises based on the book “Mastering Composition” by Ian Roberts.  It seems to fit the definition of clutter [ fill a space in a disorderly way ] well.


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Memories : Illustration Friday

At thirty

Some childhood memories are based on experience and others are imagined.  Looking at this picture of my mother holding me makes me feel that I remember the moment.  An unlikely event as I was less than a year old.  Even knowing this rationally does not make it seem any less real.


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