Saturday, September 16, 2017

Saturday Art School: How to Draw Pikachu Pokemon

I am restarting my Saturday Art School from this week...
hopefully even though I do have my hands full, I will be able to keep up the consistency, if not every week, then at least twice a month at least.
Mostly because I do love making tutorials and also because I know the kids love it too!

so to start with, I'll make what my kids (my two boys) enjoy these days.
And its Pokemon.
whether its my 13 yr old or my 8 yr old... both of them love Pokemon, and even thier cousins.
So I guess it would be a popular thing to learn to draw?
and especially the Pikachu Pokemon...


HOW TO DRAW PIKACHU POKEMON in 11 easy steps!



 1. Draw a medium sized circle. This will define the face structure.
2. See how the Pikachu is tilted in the above colored drawing?   So to get the angle of the pose, draw a tilted vertical line cutting through the face circle like shown.
also draw a horizontal tilted line like shown in the circle that is cutting the circle again in half.


3. Draw an oval in the lower half of the Pokemon face and then the lower body shape like shown in the sketch.


4. Draw two lines emanating from the top of the head on on both side... see the angles shown in the drawing.
Also make the two lines tilted upwards which denote the arms with circles at the end.
See how the feet are made at the base of the drawing? Make them just like this... elengated and one end thicker than the other.
Draw all of them with a light hand (not too dark)




 5. Make the ear around the lines that you had drawn at the top of the head.
Join the line around the arms+hand circle that was made in the previous step, like shown.


6. Make the teenie tiny fingers and thumb around the hand circle like shown.
Then draw the legs on both sides of the body shape, joining the foot.



7. Erase the extra lines in the ear, hand and the legs like shown in the step below.

8. Now we come to the face... remember the lines that you had drawn in the face earlier?
That will help you in the placement of the features of the pokemon.
Just see the drawing and draw the eyes touching the oval of the face on both sides of the centre line of the face.
The tiny nose will go in the centre of the face just where the oval cuts the centre vertical line.
In the same way add the mouth and the cheeks like shown in the drawing.


9. Please remove all the extra lines that are there in the drawing, while checking in the image shown below. Make sure not to erase any important line.


10. Draw the zigzag tail of the Pokemon like shown in the image below. Make sure that the end of the tail is thicker than the base that is attached to the body.

11. Take a black marker/ Sketch pen and draw the outline of the Pokemon that you have made.
Color in the eyes and the tips of the ears.


12. Color your favourite Pokemon in its bright yellow colors and use it in your cards or display it in your home!


I hope you enjoyed this simple drawing tutorial and would like to leave a comment?
Also if you want some more kiddie tutorials or even adult tutorials on how to draw eyes, how to make a portrait, do visit here
Or go to the ART TUTORIAL button at the top of the blog.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Friday Fashion

Making a sample for clients is one of the pitfalls of freelancing... especially if there are hundreds bidding for the project and its something that you soooo desperately want to work on.
I made this for a fashion house based in New York and they had a particular style in mind.
spent a number of days going back and forth with the prospective client,
In the end they ended up cancelling the project.
Oh well... thats called life!
but then the illustrations end up here.....
for you all to see and enjoy because I cant otherwise display the work that I am doing for my clients without their permission.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

SPICY SUNDAY: Tangy and spicy Fish Roast.


Fish is an extremely easy meat to make and is one of the best quick dishes for your weekly lunch/dinner...
And though I make a mean kerela fish curry, my kids are not too fond of any kind of fish curry...
They prefer the crispy fried fish that my mom makes, but last night I was in no mood for another batch of fried fish!!
So I tried my hand at another version of not fried, but pan-roasted spicy, tangy fish fillets...
The recipe was something that I had seen somewhere on the internet, I wasn't able to recall where but the ingredients kind of stayed with me.
I think its a south Indian version of fried fish, because I remember it having curry leaves!
So with whatever I could remember, I tried and believe me, it came out lip smacking good!!
complete thumbs up, and most of all, with minimum oil!
And the kids gobbled it up!

So here is the recipe... simple and quick and completely guilt free.

SPICY and TANGY PAN-ROASTED FISH

Ingredients:
8-10 pieces of single bone fish with skin
1 1/2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 1/2 tsp chilli powder (adjust to your taste)
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp roasted cumin powder
salt to taste
8-10 curry leaves
1 1/2 tbsp oil

Method:

  1. Mix all the masalas- coriander, turmeric, cumin, chilli powders with ginger garlic and lemon juice in a bowl.
  2. Rub the marinade generously on the fish and leave for half an hour.
  3. Heat oil in a shallow frying pan and add the curry leaves first, let sputter and then add the fish pieces one by one.
  4. Don't crowd the fish, cook on medium heat till golden brown on one side.
  5. Flip the fish to cook till golden on the other side.
  6. Cook all the fish in a similar fashion.
  7. Serve hot off the pan with lemon wedges and onion rings.
Enjoy!!


Friday, September 8, 2017

September 2017 Calendar- art with Tea

Like I tried my hand last month with a portrait (here), painting with tea or coffee gives a different feel.... though it has the same requirement as a watercolor.
But it needs a lot more patience (lots of building up of layers) and a really good quality of watercolor paper so that with the umpteen applications of water loaded brush, it doesnt warp.
And it has a lovely warm sepia tone to it, so this time I took a different route than my usual portraits...
I made a sepia toned, old door that I drew from my collections of old door photographs of my ancestral home...
they've all been torn down (except one) and I have a lot of childhood memories associated with this doorway!
I am still not very happy with the details, but one cant put too many details with a tea art... the color pigments are too weak.
But I hope you like it! :)

This one is for your phone and tablet:



And this one is for your Laptop and Desktop!!


If you like it, dont forget to share and comment below in the comment section.
I would love to hear from you!!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Painting with Coffee

I have always been fascinated by the different mediums that are used in art... in all forms!
And the most fascinating has been making art thru the colors infused with brewed tea or coffee.
Sepia toned with slightly flattish colors and as I realised- not a very forgiving medium.
I tried with tea first but it looked too washed out and pale...
Then I tried with brewed instant coffee, and it had a slightly more deeper pigment.
I am going to be trying with a stronger brew of both coffee as well as tea and see how they turn out.
Needs a little practice, I know, but I thought why not share my first attempt here.




Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Tasty Tuesday: Fresh Coriander Pesto



Pesto originated in Italy and is made with basil leaves, garlic, pine nuts, olive oil....blended with some parmesan cheese and its one of the most versatile sauces, or in our Indian lingo... "a chutney" that you can use with meats, pastas, sandwich spreads, even as a base for a delightfully different pizza!
Its real easy to make and can be stored for a little while.... so make a biggish batch, and try it out with various combinations.

And now for my twist:
Though the original Pesto should obviously be made with basil leaves and pine nuts...but one can experiment a little with the fresh greens and the nuts... you can use fresh parsely or cilantro (coriander in our part of the world) or even mint....
and the pine nuts can be interchanged with walnuts or almonds.
Though I have heard that the cheese doesnt really go well with other greens except basil... but a bit of processed cheese with my fresh coriander went a looooong way!

We dont get Basil here in my part of the world very easily.... in fact I count myself really lucky the day I find a fresh head of broccoli and mushrooms (exorbitantly priced of course) in the little general store that caters to our needs.... And I grab it before it disappears!
A big bunch of fresh coriander is available all year round, so I thought why not make my pesto coriander based? with pine nuts of course, so that I get a bit of the authentic taste.


CORIANDER PESTO with PINE NUTS
Ingr:
2 cups coriander leaves
2-3 garlic cloves
4 tbsp pine nuts (chilgoza)
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup hard cheese (Parmigiano, Reggiano, Parmesan)
or if none of these are available... good old processed cheese!
sea salt and black pepper to taste

-It comes out best if you grind it in a mortar and pestle.... if not then just a quick whirr in the blender will do. The resultant sauce should be coarse, not finely ground.
-Add the grated cheese in the end, just before serving

1- If using the the mortar and pestle, crush garlic with the sea salt+pepper to make a fine paste. Then add the basil leaves and pound the leaves to pulp. Add the pine nuts and grind to smooth consistancy... with a couple of tbsp of water.
In the end add the the oil and mix well.
The Cheese is added in the end.

2- If using a blender, combine the coriander leaves, half the oil, nuts, garlic and salt+pepper in a food processor. Pulse for a few seconds, scrape the sides and repeat.
Add the rest of the oil gradually.... if it seems too thick, you can add a bit more oil.
The cheese is added in the end and mixed by hand, right before serving.

NOTE: Pesto freezes well. If freezing, then dont add the cheese, and pour a layer of oil on top, once its in the container.



Here (in the pictures) I have used the Pesto sauce as a base for the Tagliatelle Pasta.... makes for an amazing alternative to the regular tomato based pasta sauce.

This is the proper meal that I served with the Pesto Pasta :-)
The recipes will follow soon!




I also used this pesto sauce as a base for this yummy Pizza.




This pesto sauce is also as a base for the Chicken Cordon Bleu... the recipe is here:



So what are you waiting for?? Just whirr up some Pesto already...and experiment your heart away!!
And do let me know what all you tried.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

August 2017 FREE Desktop Calendar

Its raining cats and dogs here and I was thinking of making this month's calendar on the monsoons of India....
Then I got a chance to bid on a pretty interesting project yesterday, and the client had a particular illustrator's style in mind.
Its a pretty simple style, not too complicated to emulate and very whimsical.
So I thought why not kill two birds with one stone?
make a sample illustration for the bid and make this month's calendar before it gets too late and I get caught up in life and its myriad problems...
Yes I am still in a whirlwind and pretty distracted state these days, but I have to get things back on track ASAP...
just not getting the feel and rhythm of the new place. Still feeling unsettled and out of depth.
But I've procrastinated enough I think, I have been barely managing to get one post out in a month, where I have been posting nearly 4-5 times in a week when I am on a roll.
My new studio has been set up, the painting are out... the colors and brushes are arranged but my mood is still on a break.
Oh well... getting there, by and by.
And the first step of course is to get the music pumping and post this month's desktop calendar!
I know its a little simplistic style, but I hope you like it!  :-)


Just right click, save and set as desktop image :)

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