This is one of my recent evening brush pen sketches. In art school I was incredibly uncomfortable with the brush pen – it was a challenge. After years of practice drawing WITHOUT it I have a much better feel for it. Why? Because I have put in hours and hours of drawing time to understand form, shape and my own limitations (which are many). I start with a loose drawing in color pencil (usually whichever pencil is closest and sharpened, in this case it’s orange) and afterÂ I have the sketch, I bring out the brush pen. I ink over the lines as confidently as possible. The most important piece of this, which I didn’t understand before, is to commit. Once I put the ink down I cannot go back. I must be sure. I try not to lift the pen, to make solid, fluid lines. Some artists remain sketchy and loose at the ink stage, which is achieves another lovely look. I like the clear, solid lines so I attemptÂ that. My favorite part of the process are the accents that appear due to the brush and paper texture. When I push down to make a thicker line, or pull back for a thinner line, the organic cracking and grain is so visually pleasing! I have more brush pen sketches on my Facebook page ^_^ Have a happy Friday!
last week was truly a new experience. as soon as i posted i felt relieved but also incredibly unprepared. i spent some time researching hand lettering and realized i lacked the right tools… so i visited the art store.
also in conversation with friends this week, we talked about the limited amount of hindi calligraphy and fonts. the conversation made me even more excited to play and explore. one of the seeming limitations with hindi is the bar connecting the words. as i worked on this week’s lettering, i was thinking about how music flows and connects. so i decided to play with hindi and keep all the words connected with a single bar.
(more about saturday school here)
as the new year begins, so do new projects. i’ve always been a fan of handwriting, language and the intersection of words and art. i wanted to create something that combined learning hindi, both spoken and written, with phrases that are uplifting and applicable to life. this is how the idea of saturday school formed! i’ve never created text based art like this so i presume i will hit bumps along the way, but i hope to learn, grow and challenge myself over the next 52 weeks.. and ultimately come out a stronger artist. i am partnering with my mom (which is also super fun!) because my writing in hindi is less than perfect.
here are my guiding principles for saturday school:
1. have fun!
2. create from traditional media (i will hand letter the phrase, clean and color in photoshop)
3. highlight the beauty of hindi
4. work on something off the computer weekly
5. approach it from the understanding that translation and language is not fixed, but fluid
6. secretly teach the hubbahubba hindi ^_^
each week i will post a new phrase written in devanagari, romanized hindi, and english. the spelling of romanized hindi is often disputed, my only hope is that it will help anyone wanting to say the words aloud.
hindi is a beautiful language.