Monday, October 7

Art Material Suppliers in New Delhi


A lot has changed in terms of accessibility and availability of art supplies since this post was first made back in Sep 14, 2005.   Sita Ram now has a big store in Lajpat Nagar.  The South Ex branch is their HQ and not much available to purchase there.

Sita Ram Stationers
J-5 Central Market Lajpat Nagar-2
New Delhi - 110023

Tel:-+91 (11) 29842832, 24638266
Tele-fax: +91 (11) 46678484
M:- +91 9810939394, 9650338339

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Sita Ram Stationers
G-8, South Extension 1
New Delhi - 110049
(the lane before the market square)
Shop: 2463 8266
Mob: 98110 04530

If you buy a supplies for a reasonably large amount, do ask for a discount.

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Khalsa Brothers
Joginder Singh
4129, Nai Sarak
Near Jogiwara
Delhi - 6
Shop: 2391 2878
Mob: 98105 12870

Discounts are given here too if you purchase for a reasonable sum.

Monday, June 23

Printmaking

Lithography

It's been quite a while since I made a post here and it's mostly because there are many other folks doing a better job. I recently attended two printmaking workshops and found that I had forgotten most of what I had learned earlier. These 3 fairly basic articles defining printmaking, the various types and sub-types might come in handy in case you are interested in this very interesting branch of fine art. They certainly will come in handy before the next printmaking workshop for me! :D

MOMA on What is a Print? - It is animated and highly recommended

American Artists with an Introduction to Printmaking for fine art and

Printmaking on Wikipedia has more details on the various types and sub types

The work above has been drawn and painted on a prepared limestone for a Lithograph, with a glass pencil and some diluted tusche. You can see the outcome here.

Related Posts on my blogs
Finding Beauty in Print
Finding Beauty in Print 2
Printmaking set on Flickr

Friday, August 24

Build your own easel

byoe.jpg

Came across this resource again recently. I had saved it in the hopes that I'd try it out one of these days. In the meantime, this goes out to all those who would like to build a well designed, inexpensive easel, now instead of spending big bucks on buying one. Ben Grosser has generously made these plans available for free. He is an artist and you can see his work here. If you do use these plans dont forget to send him photographs for his easel gallery.

Thursday, July 19

Figure Drawing Resource 6 - Posemaniacs

Posemaniacs

I found the link to Posemaniacs on Kathy Johnsons blog, The Quicksilver Workaholic. It is an absolutely fantastic resource. You can jump right into using the poses or use Google translate to figure out what the japanese text is about.

I have a copy of Virtual Poses that I have yet to use. Since I spend long hours on the net/computer I am likely to use this resource more often.

A few quick links on the site
A variety of poses which you can rotate 360deg on both axis.

Short poses and gesture drawings
- 10, 15, 30, 45, 60 and 90sec poses

Negative spaces
and

Google Translate

Update: September 13, 2007: I've just received a comment from the site owner for Pose maniacs
Today I added English instruction to 30 seconds drawing and random pose viewer pages.

Tuesday, May 29

Monotypes : Printmaking



We were exposed to a bit of printmaking in Art college in order for the students to decide on their 3rd year specializations. I managed to try Etching, Intaglio and Lithography and missed out on Silk Screen printing.

Soon after I got myself a copy of Judy Martin's The Encyclopedia of Printmaking Techniques with plans of exploring further. But until I stumbled across Belinda del Pesco's site and write-up on monotypes, printmaking had got shelved for other art priorities. Printing supplies did not seem to be available and so I put in a request for Lino boards assuming that these would be to easier to locate. Well, I havent been successful as yet!

The last couple of weeks I've been surfing furiously and through a post on wetcanvas (i think!) came to this Smithsonian's resource on Monotypes. There are 12 short video clips explaining what they are, how they are made, the difference between these and monoprints and there is a gallery of work on display. I'm putting both these up here in case any of you are also feeling adventurous. Julia Ayers book on Monotype: Mediums and Methods for Painterly Printmaking is on its way to me.

I'm impatient as usual। Waiting for months is just not my scene and I think I'm going to experiment. Results will be up on my blog soon. If any of you do try making monoprints do leave me a link back to your work and if you have any other resources / recommendations do let me know.

Update: July 9, 2007: Robin of Rednews has left a comment with a very useful link - Monotypien - Martin Stankewitz's blog with beautiful Monotypes and Pen & Ink Illustrations. Once you've finished looking and if you havent done so already :D you can read a translation here. He also has a book published on the subject for sale "Creative Monotypes - my way of printing without a press"

Thursday, March 22

Figure Drawing Resource 5 - Glenn Vilppu

glenn vilppu

Links to the renowned Glenn Vilppu's bi-monthly online column which appeared in Animation World Magazine have been put below for your easy reference. First an introduction "Never Underestimate the Power of Life Drawing" and 11 lessons in the figure drawing course followed by 12 in the "sketching on location" set. Though the series finished a few years ago, Animation World Magazine continues to generously host these online. Glenn Vilppu advises going through the first set before trying the ones on sketching. Dont miss out on them.

Drawing
Never Underestimate the Power of Life Drawing
Vilppu Drawing Online: Gesture
Vilppu Drawing Online: Spherical Forms
Vilppu Drawing Online: The Box
Vilppu Drawing Online: Introducing Material and Proportion
Vilppu Drawing Online: Drawing Ellipses
Vilppu Drawing Online: From the General to the Specific

Vilppu Drawing Online: The Landmarks of Anatomy
Vilppu Drawing Online: Seeing Anatomical Masses
Seeing The Figure As A 2D Object
Using Tone To Draw
Getting a Handle on Direct Lighting

Sketching
Let's Sketch on Location
Let's Sketch on Location: The Thumbnail Sketch
Let's Sketch on Location: Organizing and Creating Space
Sketching on Location: Light and Dark Patterns
Sketching on Location: Texture as Planes in Space
Sketching on Location: Pencil Technique
Sketching on Location: Drawing Groups of Figures
Sketching on Location: The Quick Sketch
Sketching on Location: The Silhouette -- Positive and Negative Shape
Sketching on Location: Three Dimensional Figures
Sketching on Location: Atmosphere
Sketching on Location: Using Photographs

Sunday, March 4

Figure Drawing Resource 4 - Gray's Anatomy

grey's anatomy

A knowlege of anatomy is a must if you are interested in learning to paint, draw, or sculpt the human form. I first saw a copy of Gray's Anatomy in my sisters hand. She was in medical college and every student world over has had a copy to study.

Much later, when I saw a reference to it on Bartleby.com off I went to investigate. There I found an incredible figure drawing resource - 1247 engravings from Henry Gray's "Anatomy of the Human Body" for you to access online. Use it to study, draw or sculpt the skeleton, the muscles that cover them and how our joints move. At least those are my plans :D Here's a link to an index of these engravings.

Happy Figure Drawing!