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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Sketch: Origami Workshop by Kala

Kala is the Fine-arts club of BITS Pilani, Goa Campus. A lot of workshops, competitions etc. are held by Kala to promote art in the campus. Apart from the traditional Sketching Workshops & Painting Competitions, Kala also organizes different (& fun!) events like Blind Art & Caricature Workshop.

This Friday, Kala's organizing an Origami Workshop, which is being taken by Akhil Oswal. Even though he's a student of our own college, he has been teaching Origami for a few years and it'll be fun to rediscover our childhood again!

I enjoy sketching notices for such workshops (Last time I made a caricature of Barack Obama for the Caricature Workshop). So here's a part of the notice I made for the Origami Workshop!

Pen Sketch for Origami Workshop

PS: Akhil actually showed us a 1-foot tall Origami Dragon, hence I sketched that too!

So how's the sketch? And have you tried Origami before?

Oh & if you're a BITSian, do pre-register for the workshop. It'll be fun!! ;)

Monday, January 26, 2009

Photo: India's Shining...

Happy Republic Day!!

Thanks to Angad Singh Gill, one of my seniors, I've started clicking photos in my free time! He's been teaching me some new tricks & I'm trying to make the best use of my Digicam (Finally convinced my parents to get it to campus!).

Here's a pic I took today evening. Taken using a simple Sony DSC-W35 at 5MP & cropped using Picasa (No editing done otherwise) :)

How's it?? Any suggestions on different styles I could try & click (For example, I'm trying out Smoke Photography inspired by Smashing Mag!)

Oh & yes, Happy Republic Day again!

Monday, January 12, 2009

20 Blogs you can't live without!!

Ever since my blog crossed 20,000 hits (Yay!), I've been trying to come up with the best post I could think of. The best compilation I could write. And so after 2 days of net surfing, (Slow campus net wasn't helping :X) here's a list of 20 (Design+Tech+Blogging Tips) Blogs, that you MUST check out!

I've choosen blogs that I've been reading regularly, and I'm sure you would love to read to! Also, I've listed 3 posts that I think you should check for each blog (and then I'm sure you'll be looking around for more!)

Oh & maybe this would be a good time to start using a Blog Reader (Or maybe switch to a better one?). Check out my post on 6 Ways to keep up with Blog Updates (Using RSS) to make sure you don't miss any new post on these blogs! (And mine too!)

So gear up for the 20 Blogs that you MUST check out!

10 Design Blogs

It's been only a couple of months since I started reading up about Designing, and now that comprises of most of the blogs that I read! The content of each blog is so great, that it took me quite some time to short list 10 Design Blogs I'm sure you'll love! There are a lot more, so I'll keep others for the next time!

10Steps.SG : It has a really nice collection of Photoshop Tutorials (& Some nice posts for ideas!)

Abduzeedo : Weird name, but this is a blog you would fall in love with! Even if you aren't remotely interested in Designing, the Photos & Artwork here are splendid!

DesignShard : Great Design, Even better Blog. Very popular for it's top quality content. Worth bookmarking!

Just Creative Design : Remember Jacob Cass? (He gave a video lecture on "Logo Design" in our campus!). Young, but awesome at what he does! (Did you check his Logo Of The Day site?)

NETTUTS : From the creators of PSDTUTS (Below), here's another great site! From CSS to PHP, it covers a lot!

Noupe : Another impressive Design Blog. Oh & this covers a lot topics, so has a nice variety of posts!

PSDFan : Just when you thought you can never learn Photoshop, you stumble upon something like this. Next day, your friends are all around you asking you to show more of your designs!

PSDTUTS : THE Site to go for Photoshop Tutorials. You'll die playing around but their tutorials won't end. I would download their whole site for referring to if I could! :D

Smashing Magazine : Pretty cool design, and amazing content. What more can we ask for!

Web Designer Wall : I hate them. Such people shouldn't be allowed to be designers. Once you look at their site, you'll, well, just keep staring at it. NEVER seen a site with a better design! One day, I'll get them to design my blog. One day.... :D (For those who're confused, just go check their site. It's great!)

6 Tech Blogs

I love staying updated with Tech news, but there are some blog that are different. Blogs where authors put effort into each post. So here are 6 Tech Blogs I think you must subscribe to!

LifeHacker : A MUST for everyone who is slightly interested in Technology. The posts are very simple and well explained, and cover a wide range of topics. Really amazing team of writers too!

TechCrunch : One of the most quoted Tech Blogs, this will surely help you keep updated with what's new. And unlike other Tech Blogs which mostly link to the latest news (like Techmeme), TechCrunch Team puts a lot of effort in each post. Check it out!

The Google Blog : This is something that every Google fan must read. Frequent updates of nearly everything big that's related to Google, from their April Fool Pranks to the Search Trends!

The GMail Blog : I've quoted them in a lot of my posts, simply because this will keep you updated about your favorite email service - GMail! :)

Digital Inspiration : This one gets a special mention not just because Amit Agarwal is an Indian, but because the writing style is very easy to understand, with minimum jargon in it! Superb blog!

MS/Web : Now we can't forget Microsoft so easily, can we? MS/Web is a really useful blog which keeps you updated with some popular posts around the web (And no, it isn't just Microsoft related posts). And you can also narrow down and choose a particular category of posts to read!

4 Blogging Tips Blogs

I know there are loads of such blogs everywhere, but these are some of the special ones, that I've been reading for a long time. I give full credit to these blogs for making my blog what it is today!

Must-read for all Bloggers/Going-to-be-Bloggers!

BloggerBuster : This one by Amanda is the best collection of the Blogger tips you'll ever find. And ofcourse, there are plenty of free Blogger Templates there too!

Blog University : Another amazing blog for Blogger Tips. One of the scripts that I used was inspired by this blog!

Problogger : Starting a new blog? Not happy with the way your readers are reacting? Problogger helps you become, well, a Pro Blogger! :D

DailyBlogTips : Another nice Blog. What's unique in this blog is that a lot of posts are Ques & Ans based posts, which one can easily relate to. Do check it out!

Those were some of the blogs from my huge Subscription list. Hope you'll enjoy reading them!

So which of these Blogs did you like? Any other blog(s) you think are as good as (or better than) the ones I mentioned? 

Do let me know!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Sketch: Lights, Camera, Action: The Winners!

First of all, apologies for being so late. The net in my hostel is still not letting me create a new post, so I finally gave up and came to the Computer Center.

So I was glad to see the response to my first contest that I started on New Year's eve :)
Here are the winners:
* Drum Roll *
  1. Madhan aka Darwinci (Blogs here)
  2. Ankit
  3. Avinash
  4. Nidhi aka Keeper of Keys (Blogs here)
  5. Prateek (Blogs here)

(Other 2 don't blog often :P)

I'll make the sketches as soon as I get a reference image from everyone!

PS: For those who're left out, start bugging Abhijeet. He just got a new tablet ;)

Oh & I went to one of the TV studios I used to act at and made a sketch of one of the cameras (Never got a chance to be behind a camera before!). They've been using the same ones for the past 10 years, which is weird because the Video Editing rooms now have amazing Macs (Each with 3 LCDs and really high end config.. Awesome!). Anyway here's the sketch:

How's it? Would love to hear your comments!

PS: Any other ideas for a contest? Do let me know!

PPS: Check out all my sketches here!