A Pop of Color

Last night, I gave it another go at taking one of my charcoal portraits and adding effects and color to it. This time, I did it to "The Gaze" (you can see the original charcoal piece below). I decided to go simple rather than adding lots of color (like when I added pink and green to "Daisy"). Let me know what you think! :)

"The Gaze" (the original piece)

"The Gaze" (the original piece)

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Black & White ... & Red

This past weekend, I experimented a little more with my "Daisy" piece on Illustrator with my Intuos graphic tablet. Being the type of person who always likes to mix things up, I tried for something completely different from what I've done for my previous versions of "Daisy" -- I added some Farsi and a splash of red on top of the black and white portrait. Also, instead of my usual Spotify playlist I decided to give it a go at listening to Anna Faris' podcast (it's called Anna Faris Is Unqualified and it's super funny and entertaining).

Anyway, my illustration turned out like this ...

"Hope" (2018)

"Hope" (2018)

Fun fact: Because the last time I made a real attempt at writing in Farsi was during the Saturday morning Farsi classes I took in sixth grade, it ended up being quite the challenge to master writing what you see above. I think it took me about 20 or so tries to make it look somewhat decent.

Anyway, I hope you like this more intense version of "Daisy." Or, if you don't like it, I'm fine with that as well. As long as the picture is causing some sort of strong reaction, I'm happy.

Watermelon Daisy

If you read my last blog post, you're already aware of my latest obsession: my new Wacom Intuos Pro tablet. 
This past week, I've used the tablet to add color to my latest charcoal portrait (see below). I didn't add any filters on top unlike what I did for the first piece; I just added the green in the background and various shades of pink and red on the lips. Along the way, I somehow ended up with this watermelon theme. It was totally unintentional, but I don't mind it. :)

"Daisy" (2018)

"Daisy" (2018)

"Watermelon Daisy" (2018)

"Watermelon Daisy" (2018)

Stay tuned for more versions I plan on making of the same drawing. I might keep the same colors in there and add filters on top to make the charcoal strokes darker and more intense.

Blast From My Past

This past week, my Wacom Intuos Pro came in the mail and it felt like Christmas morning. After getting the hang of using the tablet and pen with my laptop, I decided to revamp a charcoal portrait I had done back in high school that was based on a Burberry magazine ad.

It took awhile to figure out what exactly I wanted to do with the drawing, and at the same time I had to try to figure out how to solve the problem of the picture not being of the best quality. It was slightly pixelated and blurry. Below is the first result of reworking the portrait on Illustrator.

Decided on a whim to title this "Women in Motion"

Decided on a whim to title this "Women in Motion"

Not only was this fun because I did it all while blasting Katy Perry and Britney Spears on Spotify, but it also felt great to work more freely with tablet and pen. And, I then made a second version of the portrait ...

Big surprise, but this is titled "Women in Motion #2"

Big surprise, but this is titled "Women in Motion #2"

Overall, I enjoyed adding lots of texture to the charcoal piece (which I thought helped solve the pixelated-look problem) and more texture on top of that with the bright illustrations. Stay tuned for when I make more versions ...