New Year Wishes, Highlights from the Time I Haven’t Been Around, and Something You Might Be Interested In

Long time no see!

Yeeeahh… I’m pretty sure a bunch of you thought that I’d probably never come back here and had eternally disbanded my blogging life, but here I am, so sorry to disappoint. ūüėČ So I guess I did miss you guys. Though I won’t admit it.

A lot of things have been getting in my way, and I suppose that isn’t an excuse or anything, but oh well.

On the far brighter side, it’s 2019!

…which is pretty great, huh.

Even though today feels just like yesterday and new year parties aren’t a thing for me, and it doesn’t feel like a new beginning and I don’t feel like a new me and it’s all completely and utterly the exact same life I have been living for the past something-teen years.

But I suppose everything starts somewhere, and I know this year won’t turn out half bad!

Happy new year, you guys! ‚̧

Also, please read this post to the very end! I might have something you would be interested in. ūüôā


Highlights from the time I haven’t been around

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I’ve been doing a lot of Photoshop for the past month. The other day I thought- why not combine my anime interests with graphic design and do something cool? And I ended up with this (which I am extremely proud of because it took over 5 whole hours)

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I admit the face looks a little dopey but… don’t look at that okay

I did the whole thing from scratch (from the drawing to the background textures) and it was exhilarating but super satisfying and that makes up for the exhilarating part.

Two

Let’s see… I also went for another hike a week or so back. It was about 9.5 kilometres and had gorgeous views and I took a whole bunch of pictures. BUT. Something went wrong and now the pictures won’t download. -_-

Anyway these are a few of the better ones I managed to get on my phone.

Note that these pictures are unedited and subject to copyright!

Three

I took the Goodreads reading challenge this year!

Okay, I admit that 50 books is a teeny goal compared to most others, but considering how busy I am with life, it’s not so bad. And the best part is that I read a whopping 58!

You can see my year in books on Goodreads here.


 

Lastly… something you might (hopefully) be interested in

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Where do I start.

My friends and I recently began writing a manga of our own. For those who aren’t familiar with the term, manga are unique, Japanese style comics that are usually read right to left.

For those who are familiar with the term, you could call what we are doing a doujinshi.

But¬†manga¬†sounds much easier so I’ll stick to that.

Anyway we’re putting a lot of effort into what we’re doing, and I’m doing this as part of a group of four. One of us handles the character drawing, one does backgrounds and tiny details, one fills in the black, outlines etc. and I’m basically the one who scans, Photoshops the page into its final form and yells at everyone all the time.

Back to the point-¬†I’m looking for beta readers!¬†Okay, we’ve barely done a chapter yet, and it’ll probably take forever to do the next, and this might not even end up the way we’re expecting, but your support would make me really happy!

If you fill in the form below, I’ll send you a copy of the first chapter by email. I want people who think they can be appropriate critiques for a graphic novel. I would also love it if you spread the word on your blog!

Please note before applying¬†that all of you might not end up becoming beta readers. You might also not end up receiving the chapters as soon as you expect. This takes up a lot of time and the first itself would probably need a month or so before it’s emailed. The story might not even end up having a proper finish or going beyond a few chapters, because we’re all living our own busy lives.

 

I’d like to thank all you guys for sticking with me this whole time. A huge hug whichever kind soul nominated me in Megan’s¬†Best of 2018 awards! The voting is here. ūüôā

Adeiu as of now! I’m going to be seeing you again tomorrow for a post I’m very excited to make!

Love,
M

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Recent Digital Artwork// SIL Challenge #4

In my time as a designer I have been constantly using external sources for my designs, and naturally when I began making my own I was rather enthusiastic.

Do you remember when I showed you this?

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Here’s what it looked like before I digitalized it.

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When I took my hand-drawn work and converted it into digital art I was rather happy with how it turned out. It took me a lot of time to do and I was so fixated on doing it that it was almost… meditative?

So I started doing more. And today I’m going to be sharing three pieces of my digital art which I particularly like.

All of these images are copyright-protected. Please don’t use them without credit!

1: DEATHLY HALLOWS

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About this design: I used a similar technique to design Kerys’s blog and I decided to try it on something else. So I brought out some new PS brushes and ended up with this!

2: MANDALA DREAMCATCHER

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About this design: I took the same colours I used for that header up there and used them on some art I’d done almost a year ago. ūüėÄ This was such an elaborate job! You can find the original along with some others in this post.

Original art:

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3: FLORAL FRAME

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About this design: I spent all afternoon working on this. ūüėõ I was not satisfied with the calligraphy in the original sketch and so I decided to change it and ended up adding colour as well!

Original art:

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Welp, I really hope you liked these! I hope to put such art on sale when I begin selling apparel at Pique Studios. Before I wrap this post up I’m going to slip in my picture for Challenge #4 in Hannah‚Äôs¬†photography challenge, Springing Into Life.

Team Vines

Jewel
Irys
Ariana

This time’s category was Tiny-

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… and the little challenge was Pets. I don’t have a pet so I’m just going to put in a random animal picture I took some time back.

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This photograph was taken during a visit to a slum in Cambodia. Whenever I look at it my heart ends up feeling heavy, and I think it portrays very efficiently how happiness can exist in the most remote of places. ūüôā

I really hope you enjoyed today’s post. Thanks for stopping by!

Oh, and before you go, make sure to check out Megan’s 4 year blogiversary giveaway and Clara’s 400 follower giveaway!

I Return With a Bang (Sort Of)// A Life Post With Too Many Pictures

I was supposed to be all excited to write a post some ten days ago, but apparently, I wasn’t.¬†

Well, hello there! Long time no see!

A lot has been going on in my life in the time I wasn’t around. Most of the things that’ve happened are pretty unimportant little things, but it’s the little things that matter, after all. ūüėČ

Unlike what you may have thought, I actually did stuff during my break over the past couple months, which includes some swimming, running, photography, a lot of travelling and an even bigger lot of reading manga. Manga now rules my world.

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I discovered new watercolour techniques, I saw new cultures and realised that sometimes you don’t always fit in. Time has passed and I’ve learned new things and I’ve grown a few months older.

I read very few books, unfortunately, but I am sure I have found a new obsession with a series. Anybody else out there who’s read Foundation?

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I’ve also been doing some interesting work as a designer. This is a little something I made for a blog I’m designing currently, though it isn’t quite final. I actually drew this by hand and Photoshopped it for the colours.

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This is copyrighted material! No stealing, please!

Apart from that, I also went mad. That is, I made an aesthetic on a Pinterest board about… Me.

See it here!

My cousin and I spent some quality hours together bombarding this board with pictures late into the night. To say the truth I have not been sleeping enough for a couple days. I just hope I don’t fall asleep writing this.

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I discovered music from a group called Sleeping At Last that I really love. All thanks to Ruby for introducing me! I finally have some good stuff to listen to while working out and painting and stuff.

Speaking of painting I have been doing a lot of it, my favourite being this messy one of some hydrangeas (Pin-inspired). I don’t really know why, but I cannot stop looking at it.

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This weekend I woke at 4 (am I not great) and ran my second ever 10k. It felt amazing and surprisingly easy and now my thighs are hurting and I cannot swim with these legs.

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So, how have things been for you? I’ve not been very consistent, so make sure to tell me what’s new!

I shall leave you with a song that my cousin has recently been a little too obsessed with.

Thanks for sticking around. ūüôā

~Mukta

The Change Award, The Month, and The Hiatus

When I first began to get tagged for awards and such, I used to be super ecstatic. That’s when laziness took over. It’s been the ruling party for so long, but now, the opposition (me, basically) decided to make a move.

Today I’m going to be doing The Change Award, a really neat tag by my good friend Gracie, in celebration of her well-deserved 500 followers! *confetti*

So this time, I’m going to be taking a different angle. Since these questions are rather thought-provoking and I like making things unique, I decided to write my answers in verse. ūüėÄ

The Rules: 

  • Link back to me, as well as whoever nominated you (check)
  • Include this:¬†I, Gracie Chick of A Light In The Darkness, created this award to highlight the importance of young people taking responsibility for the future of their world. The Change Award also gives them the opportunity to share with others what they believe in.¬†(okay, I suppose that does it)
  • Answer the questions below (I’ll get to that)
  • Nominate as many people as you like. (that’ll be at the end)

Okay, guys, let’s plunge right in!

Make a list of the things you want to change about schools.

May learning not imprison us
But rather set us free
May grades not be stamped on us
Like they’re our identity.
May we be taught that what we’re learning
Is really for the good
And the reason to seek knowledge
Is not simply because ‘we should’.

Make a list of the things you want to change about local communities.

May kindness be a weapon
Over society’s constant hate
May people learn to respect opinions
And learn to coordinate
May hearts welcome each other
And love, not lies, be exchanged
And when we look back later
May we beam upon the change.

Make a list of the things you want to change about the world, your world.

I want to seize every joy
And fill it into cartons
And take it to my inner world
And finally care for its gardens
Then I want to pluck their flowers
Before they wither and fall down
And proudly place them atop my head
Like a flower crown.


Now that that’s done, here are my nominees (I have tried not to include the ones already nominated, so there)-

Madi
Arunima
Michele
Rutvi
Rae
Rebekah
Lissa
Clara

I’m sorry if I missed you! If you want to do this, there’s nothing stopping you. ūüėČ


Highlights from January

I GOT SO MANY DESIGN ORDERS I ALMOST DROWNED IN THEM

My average bedtime is now 11 pm. I suppose that’s enough said. -_-
So far I’ve had 20+ clients, all in a matter of three months from starting Design Pique Studios, my free web design service! Okay, it’s getting hectic, but sometimes I have to admit that hectic is¬†fun.¬†Plus, it’s one of the main reasons I haven’t been around in a while.

Right now, the site’s on hiatus because it’s getting too much for me to do at once, plus I’ve got waaaay too many exams coming up next month. But some new updates to the site since I first created it is a video which you can see on the home screen, plus a Portfolio page for all my projects.

I STARTED ATTENDING ALICIA SOUZA’S DESIGN MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

Okay, you have NO IDEA how excited I was about this. A couple months back I entered a mentorship program, and I was all over the place when I found out that I got selected¬†and- maybe you should check out my post on Design Pique in which I talk all about it and drive you mad. That’ll be much easier.

I READ FIVE BOOKS (working on it), AND BOUGHT THREE PHYSICAL ONES

Haha, five books is nothing for some of you, I know. BUT with my crazy life and orders and assignments from my program alongside, that’s saying something.

Also, we bought three books. OH, COME ON. We never buy physical books. My dad always insists on ebooks because they don’t take up too much space. If you want to know what made him change his mind this one time, it’ll be quite a bit of a story.

We were on vacation to Bombay, and then somehow we figured that there was a certain “book street” in Colaba (read more about that here). I had no idea what that meant. Being a curious family, we decided to check it out.

If you’re a book lover, this is one of the reasons you have to visit India.

It was- you guessed it- a complete street lined with tons and tons of books. Secondhand books. For about half the usual price.

Naturally, I went cuckoo, and so did my dad.

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MY ART RATE WENT DOWN AND THEN… IT CAME UP

I hardly did any art in January. And, well, this probably doesn’t count as a January highlight, but today I took part in a painting competition in our locality. It was conducted by the husband of a late artist, which made me feel nice about taking part.

There was no theme, and I had no time¬†to think something good up, and what I ended up with was… this. Excuse that it looks sort of dark.

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Another little detail is there were three age groups and one winner was to be chosen from each, and my painting won in my category. ūüėÄ

I’m not going to talk too much about what my prize was, because I don’t like talking about things like that. But I would like to mention that it included a paintbrush which that late artist used to use, and I will treasure it forever. ‚̧


The Hiatus

Yep, the worst part.

Orders are too much for my puny being to handle. Plus exams. And then there’s life. This site’s going to be taking a bit of a rest for a few months, but hey,¬†a few months!¬†I’ll be right back in late March. I may sneak in that occasional post, with updates or something like that, and I will be reading and commenting on your posts, but no consistency.

We all need a break once in a while, hm? ūüėČ


Thanks to all of you for reading! See you here again in March, and I hope you have a lovely day!

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Long Time No Art// Artist Interview with Buttercup@ Typically Untypical Teen

I’ve been busy. Don’t roll your eyes now.

Things have been going on, I’m so happy about all the support I’m getting for Design Pique, and that’s been keeping me very occupied, so I haven’t posted for some three weeks.

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But I had to get back here and patch things up, and art is very helpful when it comes to patching up, so there.

I have not been completely unproductive around art, but I also decided to put in some other ones I did earlier this year. Enough said. And before I get started with that, I want to put in that¬†I’m going to have zero posts this November.¬†But maybe after I’ll post about how it went, so there’s something to look forward to.

I was also supposed to do a post for the Ode to Zella tour, but I don’t have enough time to do a different post for it, so I’ll just be leaving a link.


Today I’m having an art collab with Buttercup from Typically Untypical Teen. I’m sure you didn’t guess.¬†ūüôĄ

Recently I designed Buttercup’s blog as a DPS¬† project (find the Overview here– Behind the Screens coming soon) and after I was done with it I asked her about this. This will be a five-question interview, and I’m going to answer art-related questions she set for me- you can find her answers to my questions in this post, and you might as well give a follow.

Well, here we go!


Will art be a part of your future occupation?

Will? I don’t know. May? Absolutely.

Being a full-time artist is not something I’m thinking of, but yes, I want my profession to have something to do with art. As a designer, though currently non-professional,¬† I’m sure that someday I’m going to have to stop using graphics from the net and start turning my own art into some. And, well, whether or not I’m going to be a designer by profession, art is still going to be a major hobby.

Who’s your role model in the artist community?

To be frank, I don’t know all that many inspiring painters. Wow.

But there is this one person on Instagram who does the most amazing double exposure paintings and I want to paint like her someday and JUST LOOK AT THAT. *sighs*

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12 Siluetas de personajes de películas convertidos en el lienzo de geniales dibujos.

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Realism or Cartoon?

I don’t have a problem with either, I showed you my hand in cartooning in this post, but I feel realism works better for me. My personal style is more into fine art, mandalas and¬†zentangle, which I’ve posted about a couple hundred times.

Faber Castell or Prismacolor?

Prismacolor is¬†amazing.¬†I’ve seen art being done with it and it works magic. But I don’t even remember using it. I used something like that in my cousin’s place and I’m not even sure it was Prismacolor but STILL IT’S THE BEST AND THERE’S NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT. *snorts*

What are your three best projects?

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Hahahhaaa this question was freaking me out the whole time¬†ūüėā

Pinterest inspired:

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From this post:

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… Aaand my best take on realism:

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The black thing’s a pencil, in case you were wondering.¬†¬†

Well, that’s all for today! Hope you enjoyed that, and wish all my fellow NaNoers a very happy November- oh, in case you need a recap why the world is stressing out about it so much, it’s because we’re all perfectionists too arrogant to admit our work is not a lump of fungus. Chop chop. End of story.

Check out this insanely relatable NaNo post from Ruby Sky and Gracie’s lovely post about her experience with Design Pique! All gifs are taken from the net, so credits go to their respective owners.

Yours,
Mukta

P.S: Have you ever used Prismacolor? What are your plans for November? Do you have any watercolour tips or any artists you know who are worth checking out? If you’re an artist, link some of your art, and I may share it in my next post in December!

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BIBPC the Fifth, Category 2

I’ve pretty much let go of the whole schedule idea. Schedules and I don’t get on very well. That’s not very nice of me since I did an official intro too, but I guess I shouldn’t force myself to do something I can’t… So there.

Getting to the point, hello! Today I have my take at the second category of Megan‘s photography contest BIBPC. I’m on team Pineapple in case you didn’t know already, and right now we’re in the lead with a hundred and two points! This is going great for us Pineapple folks by far.

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The second category was Circles, and it brought a world of possibilities before my eyes… right at the last moment. I had a hard time choosing between four pictures and ended up choosing the last one. Continue reading BIBPC the Fifth, Category 2

Making Art for the Environment// I’M BACK??

I haven’t posted in some ten days. Welp.

So… Hello.

I know¬†I’ve been terrible blogger # 1, but what’s a couple posts less in your reader? Right??

Anyway, here I am, freshened up and better than ever! I’m really excited to come out of my little hole and see the blogging world anew and go on a crazy blogging spree this month! Fun, eh? Continue reading Making Art for the Environment// I’M BACK??

Of Pencil Sketches and Cartooning

I have officially sparked a sudden interest in cartooning.

That isn’t much of a surprise, because sudden interests are quite common to me. Just a day or two ago, I felt a deep longing to make exercise schedules and do burpees and planks and wall sits… But that’s beyond the point.

Today, I’m going to share two pieces of art, one a cartoon and other a pencil sketch. My interest in pencil sketches has not been short-lived, and I have drawn numerous eyes and such things.

Now to get on to the post, which I must tell you is not too long, and so you can read as leisurely and slowly as you want. Apart from that, I am also going to do a quick¬†‘review’,¬†telling of my experience with the drawing. Buckle up!

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The Pondering Pup

This was a quick little drawing for which I used a Youtube tutorial as reference. The pondering pup is not very detailed or realistic, but I like it despite that.

The pup is not very different from the tutorial, but not exactly the same either. I skipped several steps which I felt unnecessary, but I’m well without all that.

I now present a fuzzy, brown dog that I proudly have adopted as a virtual pet.

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My Review

COMPLEXITY LEVEL: Two out of five. It was not¬†very hard to draw, but satisfying, and only the¬†hairy bush on the pup’s head took more time than expected.

PATIENCE REQUIRED: Not much!¬†This doesn’t take too much time or effort, so if you’re an impatient¬†cartoonist, this is for you.

WHEN TO DRAW AND WHAT TO USE: I recommend trying this out when you have about fifteen minutes to spare, because it doesn’t require too much work, although it’s no biggie¬†even if you spend more time than that. You will not require too many materials, only a pencil, a fineliner and a brown colour pencil does the trick.

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The Eye

I could think of no better title, but I think the eye is quite straightforward. I ask you to expect no less than a large, pencil sketched eye the size of a palm. The tutorial I used for it was very informative and gave excellent tips for drawing eyes along with the step-by-step demonstration.

The eye in question is realistic and unrealistic both, because it does not look like a cartoon and neither can I expect anyone with such eyes to walk up to my face. Either way, it does not stop my showing you the best efforts I could make.

I can say that I am quite proud of this piece. I spent more time than usual on the pupil, and it did not come out too badly. I only wish the lower eyelashes were a bit thinner.
Take a look yourself.

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My Review

COMPLEXITY LEVEL: Three out of five. It was not the hardest thing ever, you know.

PATIENCE REQUIRED: A fair bit. The pupil took the most time, and getting the shading to be just right was not very easy.

WHEN TO DRAW AND WHAT TO USE: I suggest you sit down when you know you have plenty of free time, because I estimate that it will take about thirty minutes. You will not need much for this either, and just a black colour pencil is enough if you plan to do it without sketching it out with a normal pencil first.

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Here comes the end of this quick post. SPOILER ALERT: I may post a tutorial on the eye in one of my future posts!

Do you have any tips for better cartooning?
What is your say for sudden hobbies?
How did you like ‘the eye?’

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A random note: I will not be using featured images for any of my posts until the 28th of May. Weird.

Using Gems in Your Zentangle// An Unprofessional Tangler’s Guide

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I had seen gems being used in zentangle since forever, and I finally decided to try it out. It used to look so complicated to make, but once I started, I realized that I was mistaken.

See that picture up there? That was the first gemdala (termed by me) that I made and actually liked. Since then, I have obsessively drawn, coloured and used gems in my zentangle like a hyperactive lunatic. Which I am, of course. Sometimes.

As I did it, I couldn’t help but notice that¬†my way¬†of drawing gemstones was different from the tutorials online. Seemingly simpler, too. That’s why today, I’m going to show you how¬†I¬†draw them and how¬†you¬†can use them in your zentangle. Continue reading Using Gems in Your Zentangle// An Unprofessional Tangler’s Guide

Mandala Photoshoot {Featuring the Elf’s Most Recent Mandalas}

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Ever since my last post, I’ve been randomly working on a few zentangle projects, only a little bit differently.
Presenting my four most recent zentangle cum mandalas, or as I like to call them, zendalas!

Continue reading Mandala Photoshoot {Featuring the Elf’s Most Recent Mandalas}