I am a big fan of Ursula K. Le Guin's work and was trying to make a poster of one of her quotes. I injured my right hand before I could complete it, which is why only half the quote got put on paper.
"The children of the revolution are always ungrateful, and the revolution must be grateful that it is so." --Ursula K. Le Guin
I really enjoy boxed/angular type, but not the fake cyrillic type used in a lot of posters. I tried to play with slants, curves and line weights in this sketch, which is at odds with the verticality of the letters. I also experimented with icons within the text, and have mixed feelings about the outcome.
This was an exercise in pattern making and intricate detailing on the cover of my new sketchbook. The pens used were a 0.5 and 0.3 Sakura Micron, thin tip Stadler sketch pens, and red colour permanent marker from Faber Castel.
This was part of a card for Mother's Day, made for my Mom! I wanted to experiment with a playful but detailed type form, that used a visual motif, and I am quite pleased with the results. I wish I had used a different paper as this one (bleached white tracing paper) blotted a little, and so didn't scan clearly once completed.
Initial sketch for the trace. The supplies used here are a mechanical pencil (0.7mm) with 4B soft lead and inking with Sakura Micron pens 0.2, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7.
I wanted to play with medieval banner script. This experiment was very quick <20 mins, using a basicFaber Castel tin-tip permanent marker in Green, magenta red, ink blue and chrome yellow thin-tip sketch pens by Stadler
I was playing with art-deco/baroque font styles here. As an avid collector of matchboxes for years, it seemed like an apt club to aspire for one day.
[Phillumenist: One who collects matchboxes]
Details on the ornamentation on the M. The pencils used here were a mechanical pencil (0.7mm) with 4B soft lead and a Koh-I-Noor Hardmuth all graphite pencil in 4B.
This was a quick sketch for yet another Ursula K. Le Guin quote. I recently read Left Hand of Darkness and have been a bit obsessed with her since. This quote seemed really silly with a darker undertone, which is why I tried to make the fonts playfully mismatched with the dragon quite literally consuming the "person". This was done freehand in <15 mins without any tracing, which is why it is a bit crooked! Pencils used were a standard issue glass pencil in white, a white watercolour pencil by Stadler and sturdy eraser.
This is a concept logo for my friend Roshmi's production house: Mother of All Productions Pvt. Ltd. based in Mumbai. Roshmi is a multi-talented film-maker who casts, writes scripts, produces films and also directs. She wanted a logo that was detailed, showcased her multiple talents, while having a 60's rock and roll style aesthetic.
Initially, I tried an Art Nouveau style script, but unfortunately, it is not the easiest to read. We agreed that readability was important for a new company, scrapped that idea and tried out a 60's music poster style organic hand drawn chunky script with a dramatic illustration to offset it.
The original illustration was more Egyptian themed as goddesses are done to death in the current kitch phase in Indian design. However, my client wanted something more Indian in the end.
I am a big fan of Art Nouveau and really tried to incorporate it into this logo. I sketched out a few options in a different style before we decided to pursue the many-handed goddess above.
This is the initial sketch for an outrageously over-the-top retro stype experiment I wanted to try. The goal was make something that bled the sort of ornamental, not particularly readable, mind-bendy type found in rock-n-roll posters from the 60's and the 70's.
Since everything about this was so over the top, it seemed only natural to use both gradients AND metallic colours.
The final image reads : "If you gaze into the abyss the abyss gets weirded out", a tongue-in-cheek paraphrasing of Nietzsche's famous quote
("...And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.")