Wednesday, December 29, 2010

'Tis The Season to be MERRY!

'Tis the Season to be Merry!
And although christmas came and went,
the festive cheer is still in the air!
and we here at D have something extra special 
to share with you all!

Following are a set of X'Mas n New Year Ecards
developed for Amarchand Mangaldas, 
the law firm's Delhi office. 
Amarchand Mangaldas is the exclusive Indian member firm of 
Lex Mundi, the world's leading association of independent law firms. 
The firm has recently won the Indian Law Firm of the Year award at IFLR Asia Awards 2010, 
Firm of the Year - India award at Who’s Who Legal - Country and State Awards 2010 
and India Deal Firm of the Year award at ALB SE Asia Awards 2010.

All copyrights have been acquired by Amarchand Mangaldas
and are their property. 
They are being shared by their permission only, 
and any copying would only attract legal action.

Ecard 1
For general office use. 
Santa and Rudolph hug the Amarchand Mangaldas Building
and envelop it in all the Festive cheer!
Snow, snowflakes, sparkles, and all the baubles 
for all the employees!
Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!

Tools Used : Corel, Photoshop

Ecard 2
For the Lawyers.
The sparkling Crystal Ball
with the cute as a button Rudolph.
Standing adorably with the Christmas tree on his head, 
as the snowflakes fall around him and 
light up the christmassy red background!

Tools Used : Corel, Photoshop

Ecard 3
For Mr & Mrs Shroff
Sants hugs the crystal ball with Rudolph!
What joy!!

Tools Used : Corel, Photoshop

Hope everyone enjoyed this year
And I hope 2011 is only better!!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

First Commissioned Caricature!

From the land of Muscat, Oman!

I know I've been away far too long.
First it was work, and now,
here I am in the land of 
dates and nighties, 
(pun intended, and no offense meant so kindly do not take any!)
visiting my sister and brother in law.

The past one month has been crazy!
With a bucket load of things to be shared, 
I assure you the following posts will have 
a vast array of interesting-ness on offer!

To begin with,
my first commissioned caricature!
By the very pretty and witty
Sweta Singh.
You can check out the doctor's blogs here and here.
Sadly we couldn't spend as much time together,
but with promises of a next time, 
it indeed has been a start of a new bond.

The caricature was commissioned for Doc sa'ab's 
would be sis in law and her hubby to be. 
And I must add, that all likeness is owed to her inputs entirely.

Though I do not have a picture of the couple with the artwork,
I am however going to share the caricature in progress 
till it was finally framed.

Sapna and Varun, are quite into yoga and head out to spiritual retreats,
hence it was decided that they be seated on 
Sapna's Pink yoga mat.
The overall color theme is also as pink as I could keep it,
since it is the bride's favorite color.
Varun is a lawyer and has an earphone tucked away in one ear at all times,
thus the lawyer's garb.
They're both surrounded with some of their favorite things.
Varun's penchant for big expensive cars,
And Sapna's music box.
Also loads of perfume bottles line up the front 
since both of them love them to bits! 

First Glimpse in pencil.

The color starts seeping in. 
And the detailing begins to emerge in little things such as
Sapna's one slightly bigger tooth, big eyes, and small feet. 
(I hope she wouldn't kill me if she ever met me in person)
She's holding a Mic in her hand as she's a TV show producer,
and is clad in a pink saree 
(on the lines of the one she wore on her engagement
accompanied with the similar jewellery as well),
and is wearing her golden star pendant which she wears all the time. 

 Tools Used : Water colors, Acrylics, Colored Pencils, 
Rotring, Photo inks, Pencil  

And finally the complete artwork, 
fully painted.
It's titled "Love is in the air"
While "Love" takes shape 
out of the surrounding vines and leaves
"is in the air" is formed out of the 
electric wires running between two poles.
It also has two Love Birds getting cozy on them, 
while you can see the two poles on either side, 
framing the lovely couple. 

 Almost complete Artwork sans the vows.

And the final thing, with my 
signature style typography swirling around the canvas.

It was handed over to Sweta, framed and 
accompanied along with a wrapping paper and a red bow.

And I sincerely hope, 
both Sapna & Varun
would have liked it just as much as 
the wonderful girl who commissioned it!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Look me in the Eye

The dark night of the new moon,
lining the edge of her eye;
Led me to the saucer ful ocean,
of newsprint dye.
She rained on my thoughts,
from the folds of her skin.
I had to capture her,
in charcoal and ink.

Tools used : Charcoal stub, pencil, rotring, photo inks, 
newsprint collage in the background

Sunday, December 5, 2010

That 50s Show in Print

 I did a series of posts titled 

That 50s Show a while back, 
for a jewellery collection entitled Chiffon`e.
And the final test prints in color 
are finally in in!
If you're looking for the reference to the original illustrations,
you can find them herehereherehere and here.
The final brochure is accompanied with a 
matching chiffon (hence the name of the collection) scarf
in purple with a pink border.

The gray background is in matte and 
the illustrations are a tad bit glossier as they have a UV coating,
thus giving a 3d feel to them 
as they appear a little embossed upon touch.


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Of Old Musings & New Pairings

As the work gathers momentum, what I miss are
sketching random sketches, and thinking random thoughts.
But perhaps what I miss more is going through them after 
a couple days / months / years
and chancing upon a pairing between the two. 
Its like being in the same state at different points in time.
There is an underlining stream of thought,
connecting them in more ways than the mere creative one.

The same things.
Over and over.

It all just goes on.
And on.
And on.

The buzz in the head,
mellows to mingle
with all the noises around.

There is a sleepy intoxication.

It makes 
even the handwriting,
drawl like a drunkard.

So much so, that 
you can't even recognize it
to be your own anymore.

But with every passing day,
the feeling doesn't remain as alien.
The cathartic knowing-ness,
settles in.
You get used to thinking
the same thoughts.


They sleep with you
and wake up with you
at odd hours.

Rising up at their whim.

The same thing.
Over and over.

Tools used : Water colors, Photo ink washes, acrylics, rotring ink,
pencil and marker.

The text in bold, chanced upon in an old diary from 2005, while I was in NY,
and the illustration originally titled "look me in the eye" from 2009.