Here are few samples that I did for Rupa Publications, India. The project was unique, mainly based on food culture in the southern parts of India. Here were some samples that were done with a story - a relation between the uncle and niece. Have you heard of chettinad cooking by the way? Have you visited the old traditional chettinad households in Tamilnadu? Very old photo, vintage - y looking - this one was done entirely digitally. The other sample is that of an early dawn. There is the cold and the smokin bidi’s.
When I do these, it makes me feel as though, the GREAT south - north divide is probably a myth! Having lived equal portions of my life between Bengal and Bangalore, I feel culturally we have so much in common. We’ve borrowed here and there from each other. I r’ber how I spent my childhood school vacations in my grandparents house, where we had a coutyard too, in a similar fashion. Cooking does bring the members of a family together and sometimes creates unique bonds too like its here.
Lastly, while creating these samples I learnt a new photoshop rendering style you can check the tutorial of creating Vintage look and textures here.
Goodluck and have fun. See you soon.
Tons of tee shirt graphic illustrations! Digitally inked, colored for the kidswear brand PINE for www.babyoye.com. All the graphics were theme related from ‘submarine’, race car driving, air hostess, yoga, badminton etc. Go and pick a piece for your little girl from the guys at babyoye! Its also on SALE now. HURRY.
Even before this post could go LIVE, it was murdered twice! Yes twice, the display driver played foul and comp went to restart itself. 2 hrs of writing washed over, some bad foul omen! Well this is third time and I hope it behaves.
I think I want to begin with a question, how do you stay afloat as a freelancer artist? How do you make sure that you get a consistent inflow of pitches of projects? The answer is there is really NO way to MAKE SURE. You got to keep pushing pencils, and not by doing the same thing same way, but same things differently, and different things in the same way.
Like I am being asked this, how do you really make it as a full time illustrator. It made me ask to myself how did I. I think partially the answer lies in juggling act - juggling diverse projects, and stretching your limits, breaking the limits, and building new ones. Its also perhaps because I am never satisfied, and restless.
This year threw up numerous opportunities to be part of different types of projects. There was a ‘card game’ the sample was drawn. This was a mythology based one, and I had my doubts if my style and bent of mood would work with one. Then there was a horror cover art gig, artworks on an indian Tamil culture, a gang based comic story, a Mumbai based comic story, fashion illustration gig and a puzzle-game art - diverse as they are they stretched me from one end to the other.
The idea this year is to get more into ink and brush - so for a start you need to push the pencils, let them get finer and your inks can be playful with them perhaps. After running through blogs on ink, I picked up Windsor and newton black India ink and a P204 Chinese ink
Also got a neat pine-wood lightbox made by the carpenter. Smelt so good of the varnish :).
And the crown goes to…the awesome threesome. ink, brush and cleanser. I use the windsor and newton series 7, no 2, and Daler rowney kolinsky sable with WN black india ink. Sometimes I do mix it up with P204 10x chinese inks when I have to fill in large area of blacks.The cleaning agent is a must I have to say. All your expensive and oh so delicate sable brushes gotta get some ‘loving’ once you are done with them - don’t ever use detergents and keep your cats off the range. My cats nibbled off the bristles when they smelt of the paint, they just couldn’t resist.
End of it, the survival of every artists is no death defying stunts, but a life changing attitude to challenge and keep diversifying albeit in small steps towards a much larger canvas!
Here is wishing a happy year to roll out for everybody:).
The rumors are true…I’m writing the new Ms. Marvel series for Marvel Comics! Incredibly excited about this project, and especially psyched to be working with artist Adrian Alphona, whose style is really something to see. First issue launches in February.
This is cool. Waiting for the art as much what the Ist issue unfolds.
(via gwillow) for one and every girl out there, born or yet to be…
SORRY THIS IS GONNA BE LONG.
New York Comic Con! I guess I should write a little something about this show, since it’s become kind of a monster!!! First, I was sick at this con so I didn’t even go on Friday. And on top of that, I sold out of books on Saturday afternoon! My signing with Shaun…
WHOA! is it really this? still like its said here, why stop progress, I will still like to visit it once in my life time!
A haiku from the article: Lois Duncan: Revisiting the Classics of an Earlier Generation
An artwork I did for one page comic story written by Pratheek Thomas. This is aptly named PLAY ON. A set up in Kerala. The artwork was printed out across a 3 ft x 10 ft board which stands at café papaya now in Cochi.
some ink practise…after a month long hiatus!
ha ha ha…:D
SEPTEMBER 2013 JOSH SIMMONS ORIGINAL ART SUPER SALE ONE WEEK ONLY HOLY CRAP THESE PAGES WILL NEVER BE THIS CHEAP AGAIN PRICES INCLUDING SHIPPING EXCEPT INTERNATIONAL ORDERS WHICH WILL BE A LITTLE MORE EMAIL: email@example.com
Face Off (8.5”x11”, on typing paper, published in Dune #9)
Nerds Who Take Drugs (8.5”x11”, ink on typing paper, published in Dune #10)
Training, pages 2-12 (5.5”x7”, ink on bristol board, published by Oily Comics)
The Furry Trap, pages 1-4 (8.5”x11”, ink on bristol board, published in The Furry Trap)
Come and Get it (6.5”x9.75”, ink and colored pencil on bristol board)
Seaside Home, pages 1-11 (8.5”x11”, ink on bristol board, published in Habit #1)
1,000 Years (8.5”x11”, ink on bristol board)
She’s My Girlfriend (11”x14”, ink on bristol board, published as the back cover for Habit #1)
Flayed Corpse, pages 1-2 (11”x14”, ink on bristol board, published as a mini comic by Oily Comics)
Demonwood, pages 1-15 (11”x14”, ink on bristol board, published in The Furry Trap)
BatSuperManMan (11”x14”, ink on bristol board)
Giant crazy Josh Simmons art sale!
damn neat. loved those inks!
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