Of late, I’ve been developing on a dystopian near-future Indian sci-fi short story collection. In keeping with that theme (and as part of the world/mood building excercise), I’ve been working on some digital art pieces that try to blend traditional Indian motifs with a cyberpunk sensibility.
Here are two I worked on this weekend. These are really fun to work on. Both of them use royalty free photos from Unsplash and Pexels and then I process them in GIMP to get them to a line drawing like state. For effect, I print them out on an old laser printer I have (which has a really screwed up toner pack and prints them weirdly). I then scan the line drawings back in and color them in GIMP and apply the post processing effects.
Continuing with the quick doodles, lately I’ve been sketching some of my favorite hindi films/chars/scenes. 🙂
Gangs of Wasseypur doodles with characters and iconic lines 😀 All done from trailer freeze frames as reference.
Of Mice and Men and Grapes of Wrath were among the first few books I read in English and I’ve always admired how Steinbeck delivered a sermon without having to get on the pulpit. 🙂 One of the greatest chroniclers of the human condition.
Hunter S. Thompson
One word: Gonzo! I read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Rum Diary back to back, and fell in love with the reckless abandon in Thompson’s writing. To me it felt sort of was like watching Jackson Pollock paint with a firehose full of paint or a 50 calibre paintball gun. 😀
The Anthem is a severely underrated book. It was the second Ayn Rand book I read after reading We, The Living. Later on, I read Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. But for me, the best work of Ayn Rand will always be The Night of Janurary 16th.
guess what? another b/w doodle. 🙂
drawn from photo ref of Koena Mitra
After trying out a couple of stark/high contrast b/w drawings (this and this), this time decided to play with some color and textures.
continuing from here, here’s another one.
drawn from photo reference of the actress Dia Mirza. Something in the face/composition of the photo inspired me.
As you can see from my previous doodles, i love the stark b/w contrast based noir art. Mostly they have been tough guys with guns :). So this time for a change I decided to draw the other noir staple, a femme fatale. As usual this one is drawn from a photo reference.