As promised to myself I have mostly continued sketching this week as well. with all the negative news around thinking about each drawing, the composition, the colours & the details has been an escape from the stressful reality. Here are from the 1st week of june.
Monday: I didnt follow the correct monday promts. instead I did this one from the week before for my true love with patterned tiles. i sometimes thing i should have been a surface pattern designer or should have worked in a custom tile making factory!
Tuesday : This actually refers to a menmory. But not a very pleasant one. the last time or second time i visited islamabad ( for a meeting with a friend) it rained alot. unfortunately the same day a plane crashed. We were due to return on plane arriving just after the one that crashed. it felt terrible. there has been another recent plane crash 2 days before eid which was also very very heartbreaking. below remembering the day on a lighter note. with just the rain and the mosque.
Thursday: I love this second experiment with the tile surface. this one uses islamic star pattern as a base to work with and then adds the pattern on top. it woulf be interesting to try new colour patterns
Saturday: I dont really recognize cars very well but the only one that there is a chance that i may recognize would be a mini cooper.
Sunday: For the love of lego and architectural items
As usual it has been years since I made a post here. It’s the year 2020, I’m living and working in Singapore and it’s absolutely crazy out there in the world. From covid 19 , bush fires, plane crash, locust outbreak… its amazing that’s barely been half a year.
My work has been incredibly busy as well so when my friends at open door started putting out sketching prompts I found much needed meditation in the process of drawing. I shall some of the sketches from those here as well. But this post is for consistently following the prompts on conceptsapp page for a whole week. Some of these are my absolute favorite illustrations I have done.
Day 7 , may 31: my dream bathroom. Inspired out of a bathroom I was able to experience back in karachi when I worked at design options. I love being able to have natural light and view of some greens in my spaces. Bathrooms are no exception.
Day 6, May 30 a playground. We haven’t been outside properly in over 3 months now and although I don’t frequent playgrounds the thought of being in one sounds rather lovely
Day 5, May 29: re-imaging my interior sketching space. Since I’ve been working on illustration at my current office in Dbb I was introduced to Memphis style illustrations by our in house graphic designer. I used her proposal and took it forward and the client approved the design much to my delight. I can’t wait for it to be physically printed and applied. In this sketch I worked on another Memphis style illustration for the background of my modern home
Day 4, May 28 . Eeeek! A lizard. I live on the 14 floor here in Singapore and I absolutely love being able to see the green and the rain through my window. Normally this would bring in lots of small little creatures but fortunately I haven’t seen any in my nearly 2 years of being here. Phew!!
Day 3, May 27 . Lemme take a selfie. Since we can’t be traveling around the world I assumed the alien may be immune to covid 19. So we can travel through his images.
Day 2. May 26 .Decorative column. What if the Corinthian columns were re designed with willow tree leaves? This was a fun experiment using the prompts column . Willow tree . Lake. I didn’t know how to bring in the lake. Any thoughts?
Day 1, May 25. The day 1! This took me the longest probably because I haven’t done a detailed illustration like this in a long while and never on the concepts app. I enjoyed this so much it kept me going all the week. This is also one of my favorite from this week.
So we come to the end of this week. Hope I can continue this consistently along the week. Now I’ll get back to my cup of tea and the beautiful rain outside.
I have been sitting at home for a while as I try to break into the design world here in Dubai. Perfect time to draw in my relatively new tiny sketchbook. I do think the sketch makes a very interesting repeat pattern. it would be great as a quirky background, or a notebook cover.
It is really very easy to procrastinate. I have 1000 words due in a few hours and instead of writing I have been doing all sorts of other things this weekend. Mostly related to the project but some of them, like de-cluttering the PC and my email were defiantly pure obsessive procrastination. on a different note, the project related procrastination was a pure joy! I had been thinking of merging my floral motif tiles with geometric star pattern ones and this is what happened:
and I wondered if these are just too intricate to trace with the 3doodler … so I tried it out:
I am fairly happy with the outcome. Perhaps once I have money (not in the near future!) I shall update to 3doodler 2.0. The plastic extruding consistency i hear is better and i could really use that.
Where is the narrative in the pattern? Is it in the experiments that are conducted?
I don’t think so. The experiments are just experiment, the narrative is in its beauty. The hand drawn patterns; each similar, each unique. The beauty is in the mistake, Its in the dialogue between plastic and cement.
As part of my MA research, I have been exploring patterns, ornamentation and handmade craftsmanship through a series of tiles. I had planned to have a dedicated blog for the Masters but nearly half the year is gone and there is no separate blog to add this.