Tuesday, April 18, 2017

quick sketch video -01


made some quick sketch videos, will do a big canvas one soon !!!



full sketch !!!





Thursday, April 13, 2017

"Otaree" the druid Frog

"Otaree the druid frog"

https://www.instagram.com/abhiart/ goto my instagram to follow his adventures.
🌻 his journey to locate the fabled "Agni" fire& contemplations of how humans have rampaged the beautiful earth.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Be Like Water

"Be like Water"

At times we forget the resilient water and the problems it's facing because of humanities ever encompassing Greed.

2.5%, fresh water endures 70%industrial waste and toxins.

Here are some more facts about water pollution.

01: Majority of past 60 years of waste is thrown into oceans and 80% of marine pollution comes from land based activities.

02: Fourteen billion pounds of garbage mostly plastic, is dumped into the ocean every year.

03: The Ganges river in India is one the most polluted in the world. 

04: On an average 250 million people worldwide succumb to diseases related to water pollution.

05: Plastic waste has caused deaths of more than 100,000 sea mammals, sea birds and various types of fishes.

06: Aquatic animal have faced an estimated extinction rate five times more than that of terrestrial animals.

07: 894 million people globally don’t have access to improved water sources.

08: Over 30 billion tons of urban sewage discharged into lakes, rivers and oceans each year.

09: Over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 sea mammals are killed by pollution every year.

10: Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles every HOUR.
Americans generate 10.5 million tons of plastic waste a year but recycle only 1 to 2% of it.

12: disposable plastic bags kill More than100,000 animals every year after ingesting or becoming entangled in them.

13: Plankton in the ocean absorb the chemicals, in their bodies this toxin become concentrated, large animals who eat them get contaminated.

14: Polar bears which eat seals can have contamination unto 3 billion times higher then their environment.

15: The humans don't escape this either, and are affected in turn by the contaminated sea food, what goes around comes around.

Shiva once clean the ocean, he drank the poison, it was human greed, but who will do this task now ?
Shiva is our collective efforts.

let's be a minimalist to begin with, don't waste water, make a promise.

every small action matters.

let's practice our intentions in every little bits of our lives…silently.
like Water.







Monday, March 13, 2017

"Color"

"Color"

They had decided to "Still" time itself, after all they were Gods but each win for time came as longer separation for the lovers.

to come out of its clasps wasn't easy.

today they had joined in after centuries of yearning.

each life of theirs represented by a color.

the gold for the womb,
the silver for breath.
the green of the forest,
the blue of the ocean,
the orange of the fire,
the purple of the heavens,
the reds of the netherworld,
the ochre of the gallows,
the crimson of the battle,
the black of dreams,
the white of the swans,
the cobalt of kindness,
The greys of age

they again merged together as one single color and seeped themselves into the thin membranes of time...
time who was weakened by their victory ,rose gently and in servitude to their love, opened its veils to anyone who willed to look through it.
colors of time...washed the world of its pain and remorse, that's what the god-lovers wanted.

Today on Holi,
give in kindness, treat colors to those you love, to those in need, give water to a plant and put turmeric on your forehead like a child of the sun.🌻🌷🌻

Story : Abhi Abhiart

Monday, January 23, 2017

2017 - Store & Original art

Welcome 2017- we've Re-Opened the Store.

Thank You to everyone who kept writing in and offered to buy prints or Art, your support and love means a lot to me.
Updates on the book, i'm trying to drive every bit of extra time and effort to get volume one to it's finish line. Will post some development and info on it soon.

Thank you again for all the love and support.

"be the light you are looking for."


Monday, December 12, 2016

links to Site, FB page and Insta...and one for the blog!

Wanted to post links to my site, Fb page and instagram, more frequent updates there. 

FaceBook Page

My Instagram acc

Site

i haven't been posting much on this blog, sorry about that, but thought will make one long post in honor of this secret hideout, who's remained the most astute of my friends chronicling the artistic sojourn virtually which began in 2007 with the first wave of blogs.
i thought i'll share something exclusive here, so here's a crop of pages from the next graphic novel, yes, it'll be in black and white.
"This one's for you dear Blog"
and to everyone who came here and cheered, no one comes here anymore like in earlier days, so leave a line in the comment section if you actually visited this forgotten ruin.

"There is a great distance between "intention" and "destiny"
just be anchored in your intentions, be kind and simply give your best to the moment."



This blog is how i started to share my work virtually, it was the first wave of blogs. back in 2007 now ten years, a decade of bond with this space.

artists from all around the world got onto this wave, some we knew about but never had a  chance to peek into their process, penciled pages, inked stuff and all sorts of coveted material, some we discovered because of this growing blog connection and became instant fans/friends of their work.

Most important aspect about this blogosphere was that it allowed artists to share the work they were creating for themselves.
unattached to commercial intentions, fresh off their drawings boards, pure art routing their dreamer self.
This showcasing of artists intimate creative side is what made the first wave special, it didn't matter where you were from, or which big studio you worked for, only thing that mattered was this personal artistic side and that it was finding it's resonance in the world.
That slaving hours and hours to bring an idea to life was not lost to the world, that some crazy folks around the world cared for what brew in the solemn abode of the artist.
The cheers came embedded as "comments" and "messages" posted on these blogs, as support to this personal path.

i remember when i was working on the Krishna book, except a handful of people around me, most remained confused about why i had left my high paying job to make this comic book ?
The worst was when i reached out to the people in the industry most of them shot the proj down, publishers either critiqued it, or seemed ready to simply take advantage of my naivety, get this massive proj for nothing.
it was not easy to have no publisher, no money and still keep going, but well, when there is a Will there a way, and however cliche, it's true. i made it, and the book was evidently out by Image comics, a dream come true, really, who would have known. 
Sitting in some unknown corner in india. the dream had indeed transcended borders.
well, why i brought this up is because whenever i would put up a posts about the book on my blog here, it's explorations, its final pages etc, story ques, i got such unhindered support and love, friends and artists who's work i loved applauded and wrote wonderful things about what i was unto. it didn't stop the discouragement from the other side but well, i think discouragement is vital to test your perseverance and commitment.
i think in hind side, i was fighting so many everyday problems while doing the book, that the discouragement or appreciation didn't go to my head, i simply had no time to process either, but both forged a bit of my confidence none the less.
i took it simply as a sign that it was worth something to some inspiring people out there, but beyond and above i was reassured that to do something just for the sake of one's own heart, is enough a reason in itself.

the book came out in 2013 beginning, it's been a few years now, much has happened, and today i saw all those years scrolling through this blog, my first post, travel sketches, posts about krishna's pages, about proj which never took off, my first international exhibition, the journey of painting big pieces, painting next to ganges, the small stories i thought one day i'll make into animation films, sketches of my time in europe and in various parts of india, places i've left behind, they all streamed to me again today.
So humbled and so grateful i feel, it's been a long conversation with this old hide out of mine, we together made each post, laughing back, patting each other's back.

even though this is my closing post on this blog, i'll try to figure out a way to integrate it somehow to my new site, but till then, this would be my last official post. i've added links to my Fb page, insta where i frequently post new material.

However, i want to leave on high note, and talk about what's been happening now at work and only here on this blog.
i took to a very individualistic road back in 2007, went away from jobs and working for hire, and kept training for what lay ahead, i let "imagination" be my boss, tried to be better at "observing" the beautiful world, feel it more, and let what i was creating nurture my life, i broke away from the confines of an office, yes, it came at a cost, lot of career displacement, but for me the fulfillment of creating what was brimming in my heart triumphed over all those miserable hurdles and was worth every risk.

last decade i've spent time learning to straddle this way of life, most importantly use every ounce of time, respect it constructively to write and develop stories, i love the medium of comics and animation, but i also learned to be away from the desperation to look at these mediums as labels, just to say "i'm an animation film director" or "i'm a comic book artist" never meant anything to me, what mattered to me was" what i wanted to say" and that is the question which took me to so many various journeys, away from all the labeled worlds in the last one decade, to reinitiate a dialogue with the environment around me, with history, with the future, with stories, with survival, with life. 
it helped me see how stories are played out to us as lives, everyday trials, challenges and songs reminiscent of our embrace and tragedies, i became more fervent as a story seeker, not as maker but simply someone who has his heart wide open to feel the presence of stories around me, be it in pain or in bliss, be it the story of suffering or ecstasy, of this cosmos, or of the quantum worlds, be open, observe and absorb and be compassionate, again and again, keep your heart open.

last year i art directed my first VR film, a new way is shaping up to tell stories differently, a second one is in the talks, the tech is in it's nascent stages, and of course, despite what technology story will always be boss.
most exciting thing is that i am half way with my new graphic novel, each book has been a trek taking years, it combines ten plus years of my research on indian myths, no celebrity gods or stories this time, an emotive ode to nature and how spirituality lives through it's connection with us. it been a tough one to crack, made me approach story differently.

in the past i had refused a few opportunities to make animation films, reasons being that my desire to write and direct is liked to my own material as of now, i want to tell the stories which have chosen me, which have nurtured my dreams, and what i truly want to speak about, the films i have writing are long format, but i am trying to get a short film going, small steps but qualitative. for long i have struggled with time, resources, but biggest of all was the question, why am i even doing all this art, film making, it doesn't even matter, let me go and learn how to grow food, be a farmer, be of some use to this constantly wrecking world, but it's in this tussle i understood why certain abilities are given to us, and it's our responsibility to make the best of it and to use it to be the voice of the river and the sky, use it to be the voice of this planet.


Thank you for reading this, i hope you catch your smiling glimpse in the sky flying as birds, or looking through the trees today, maybe as rain, or as snow if you are in a winterly place, if it's sun outside may he shine his best light onto you, you have my gratitude for making my journey so full of love. Thank you

"There is a great distance between "intention" and "destiny"
just be anchored in your intentions, be kind and simply give your best to the moment."

Light and love

Abhi

Friday, December 25, 2015

www.abhishekartstore.com

Finally, after all these years, the prints are here.



feels unreal, all these years i simply kept creating and never paused to take a look back, today all the stories of making them envelop me, lugging the giants on my shoulder, finishing them where ever I got space, floors, tables, amongst cats and rain, they tested me in ways only known to resilient will, they revealed the myths taking solace in everything ordinary...what we don't understand is not always fear, each painting revealed this to me bit at a time, it was not the skill at test but rather the heart, which wanted to tell it's own stories but much had to be shed before that could happen, each of these paintings helped me do so, step away from my own bias, not giving into the comfort of a job, big projects which by experience i know work as a drug forcing one to to forget what the heart is truly wanting to tell, the pain inflicted by one's own choices becomes worth it, and then it's not pain, it's something beyond joy, there is no word for it, maybe, but then that would still not be adept at saying what it feel like to be your own wind, it takes time for it to transform, but it does become the spot from where, every tiny thing looks imbued in awe of what surrounds it, just like me.
an opening into the realm of imagination, the truth of my life.