I have learned that a 5″x7″ or 6″x8″ landscape oil painting should not take more than 1-2hours. If it does, then the artist is unsure and noodling and I have to constantly remind myself of that and to think what I am not sure about and to solve the problem in the head before proceeding. This 6″x8″, painting was done in 1.5 hours.
I was in Pakistan for the Winter break, attending my niece’s wedding. I had plenty of time at night, when jet-lag got the best of me and I just could not sleep and that is when I sketched these two.
Sajal Ali is a Pakistani actress (for those who don’t know) and is often paired with Ahad Raza Mir and upon a friends suggestion, I sketched him as well, shown below.
I just need an excuse to sketch. Pencil and Paper is all you need to express your craft. It is the simplest and un-messy way to get your artistic itch out of the way. Portability is the key. Start a sketch in the morning and in between chores, meals, and sips of tea you will have a lovely drawing/sketch by evening.
Yul Brynner, what a ruggedly handsome man. He made baldness look sexy. I remember watching him in The Ten Commandment, as a child and forever pictured Pharaoh as Yul. I made this sketch today, so it is hot off the press.
I don’t watch Pakistani Dramas, but somehow I am following “mere pas tum ho” (I have you by me). The lead actress “Ayza Khan” has beautiful angular features. However, the drawing below is a slightly modified version of her, I took some artistic liberty to adjust some features based on my artistic whim. Shhhh! don’t tell her.
I have noticed that by making videos I have instilled more discipline in creating my work. I create the work more efficiently and the painting/drawing looks better, as it does not have a belabored look.
This one is a copy of one of the masters from the past. I did not bother to copy the likeness, as I was focusing on the skin-tones more. Watch the Timelapse Video by <<Clicking Here>>
Here is a pencil sketch that I did sitting on my couch. You gotta love the portability of pencils! Watch the timelapse Video by << Clicking Here>>
I love Christmas ornaments and painting them. I painted this one in gouache and did the fine details in Water-color pencil and Pastel. I have put up a timelapse video on youtube,< Click Here >
I fell in love with this Chinese Health Balls, (for exercising the hand). The embroidered box and the shiny metal balls just begged to be painted. The painting, I feel, is much better than the photograph you see. This one is up for purchase/bid at: << Purchase/Bid >> <= Click link here to read more about the art and sale. Thanks for visiting. Enjoy!
Well, I think the title of this post is appropriate, for this Turkish beauty. However, I am not a big fan of the actual dessert: “Turkish Delight”. I find it too gummy and the taste sort of sits orthogonal to the expectations of my taste buds. Of course, some tastes are cultivated and almost all cultures have a one-off that other cultures find obtuse. To each their own!
You will find the progression of the painting in the link here => << CLICK HERE >>
Here is a Gouache Painting of a Bowl done during lunch at Star-Bucks (Barnes and Noble). (Photo credit Lena Rivo from her gouache course).
You can watch the progress in the Video by clicking >> here.
Gouache is technically an opaque version of watercolor, however it handles more like oil and acrylic. I often use it for its portability and ease of clean-up. so it is a great way to get in my practice for oil.
A Tart from La Madeleine, (I ate it afterwards offcourse 🙂 ). You can watch the progress video here