I have always been a great fan of non-realistic portraits. I enjoy viewing non-realistic portraits because I personally believe that in that way, the artist lets his creativity shine, and in a way, the painting he creates expresses his thoughts and ideas about the person illustrated. Thus the artist does not depict a person realistically, but he paints his feelings, thoughts and beliefs.
I was very excited when I read that works of Egon Schiele, one of my favorite artists that focused more on portrait paintings, were exhibited in Courtauld Gallery in London. Born in Vienna, Egon Schiele was a leading avant-garde artist in the early 1990s, the years around the First World War. During his short but very productive life, Egon Schiele managed to create a great collection of portraits (including self portraits) that were consider to be provocative, controversial but most importantly, some of the most radical depictions of the human figure…
hello dear readers! you all are so kind to stick around. many hugs to all of you! ANNOUNCEMENT!
i have come up with a new theme to ensure i post more often on this blog (: here is post number 1 of AODT special– a talk/musings/ramblings/daydreams section on this blog that i will at the very least, update once a month. i will feature an artwork (or two.. or ten??) in this section and a short write-up on its inspiration and coming-into-being and other such things.
here is artwork number 1:
it is something i did for fun one day while assignments piled up all around me! I LIVE ON THE EDGE
when you think ‘happy’ what do you think of? i think of a day of sunshine, a little conversation, and pie. i haven’t tried all the pies in the world, but i have tried the wonder that is lemon meringue pie, and i don’t even have the vocabulary to accurately describe how high-ranking its position is in the kingdom of mystical dessert heaven.
lemon meringue pie and its bakers and recipe-writers should be appreciated. if you know one, thank him/her today!
back to the artwork- it is digitally drawn on Adobe Photoshop with the help of a drawing tablet (i don’t have my own tablet, and i’m hoping to get one next year! i have to find a way to earn the money first)! the illustration style i’m pursuing in this one is a floaty and almost uneven stylistic look, with subdued colours, and what i would like to call a daydreamy handwritten type. it reminds me of lazy sleep-in mornings with music. (:
what do you think of this kind of illustration? i like it but i find it is common- many illustrators use this look and feel. i’m still trying to find a strong style!
p.s. i really appreciate comments and feedback and wise words because you all brighten my day!! thank you for leaving a note, and thank you to all those who have previously left things for me to read. <3
first off: know what ambrosia is. have you ever had a Tim Tam slam?! if you have, you would know that they are deserving of the term. if you haven’t (actually also if you have) let’s have a Tim Tam party because i swear i could eat two hundred this way. thank you sweet inventor of tim tams and slams.
i’ve been illustrating the eating process of this heavenly invention. here you go! (:
my favourite is a white chocolate Tim Tam with hot coffee! you also want your hot drink to be quite full, and in a shallow cup. it makes everything easier. remember you have a nose :o)
please let me know of any cool things you might want to see illustrated! you can also see more stuff on my Behance page.
i hope you can always spend both your literal and emotional rainy days with hot drinks, Tim Tams, and good music.
thank you for reading. you all make my heart so happy. (:
i have been completely inactive lately, as you may or may not have noticed. after completing assignments and between the days of four hours of sleep, my energy levels have not permitted me to even look at my wordpress account. but thanks for sticking around if you have!
to make up for all the lost time, i’ll show you what i’ve been doing this semester. it’s been a whirlwind roller coaster fun-filled time!
this is a progress shot of an artist’s book i did. (:
this is the finished front and back cover of the book. it opens up flat 180degrees to look like a dollhouse.
hello dear readers :)
I have been hard at work in design school making lots of graphics, but Odin and i thought AODT deserved some sweet graphics too. i wasn’t taught this in design school- my friend was doing 8-bit things and inspired the colour-crazed, tedious-activity-loving part of me <3
i’m thinking of making more of these 8-bit graphics for this blog. any ideas? i can also sign off posts with some of these. please suggest which ones in the comments!
have you had your cup of tea today?
Odin and i have been the busiest, and after a month-long hiatus we are back (: i am a design student now, and the assignments are piling up! if you have any time management tips for me i’ll be very glad. four hours of sleep per night is starting to take its toll on me. Odin on the other hand has been helping me out, and despite him having more limbs than i do, he doesn’t have 8 times the energy.
i made a small sculpture of Odin, as a pirate, out of clay for today’s post. arrrr!
some modelling (two ways, if you get what i mean) and a photoshoot took place today.