8″ x 8″
“I am an urban sketcher, illustrator, and artist who works primarily in watercolor, pen, and ink. I grew up in India and now live in San Jose, California. My body of work varies widely in subject, but it all ties back to a single, underlying aim: to view and to capture the world around me as a traveler would; to see both the everyday and the exotic with wonder, and to look deeply at the old and the new.
I believe my love for vibrant color and for capturing action and activity comes from growing up in Mumbai, India, one of the most populated, crazy and vibrant cities in the world. I also love capturing old structures that hold sometimes unknown stories. Currently, I am working on a project called Vintage Signs of San Jose, where I sketch the fast disappearing vintage signs in San Jose. I am also collecting my sketches from my trips to India into a book.
This piece is an unusual one for me because it is not drawn from life, but from a photograph of my daughter swimming in our neighborhood pool. It is always challenging for me to work this way. My challenge with this piece was to try and retain the vitality and looseness of work done from life. I wanted the piece to transport the viewer to lazy swims, the warmth of the sun and their memories of summer.”
“I’m immediately drawn to the characters left foot or the one closest to the bottom of the page. You tell so much in so few strokes and I really get a sense of the bones that construct that foot which is awesome.
You’re also doing a really great job with the lighting in this area, with a layering of those three colors. I’d like to see you play a bit more with the composition next time as it is a bit center heavy, kind of horizontal and isn’t drawing me around the page as much as I would like to be.
Foreshortening would also be a really interesting challenge as i’m reading the feet to be a bit higher towards the surface of the water, due to the way light is captured on it, then the rest of the body and I’d love to see this exaggerated.
I think that creating an even more dynamic composition with the watercolor techniques you are already using will have a really creative and great spectacular piece.”
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