With the help of some Aluminum foil and a flash-light, here’s the shadow sculpture I made.
Those related to Pakistan can identify this silhouette. It is the famous Faisal Mosque in Islamabad.
I saw some fresh peas in the kitchen this evening and picked up a few to my room. I thought about making some 3D model using these peas and toothpicks. It reminds me of the same activity I used to do during childhood but that was restricted to making cube and simple shapes only. After much effort, I finally came to something that I was looking for. Then took and processed some photos and here they are, shared below. This polyhedron uses pentagonal-base and square-base pyramids.
Please note that all photos feature the same structure from different perspectives.
On a cold evening of 23 December, I went to see an art exhibition by a renowned Pakistani artist Hasnat Mehmood held at Rohtas Gallery, Islamabad.
Apparently, the displayed art pieces were looking a bit simple, and the familiar subjects were directly inspired by the famous and iconic works from art history that includes Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, The Starry Night by Van Gogh, Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol, Royal portraits of Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan and his Queen Mumtaz Mahal, and some works from older seals and reliefs of old civilisations. On closer viewing, that simplicity turns into complexity, and you find out that these works are created using graphite on paper in quick continuous circular strokes, taking care as to maintain the various tones. That lack of hard straight lines produced a very soft feel to the overall art pieces. Most of these works carry some label on them, that includes the actual title and name of the actual artist, along with text like “Made in China” or the mention of some other countries that provide cheap labour like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan. This idea is quite strong in the modern sense of Capitalism, but apart from that, these works are visually very pleasing and they give different flavours depending on the distance of the viewer.
I tried to explore the beauty of those works using my camera, and here are few of the shots I’d like to share.
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Working with paper is interesting, and during the time I was experimenting for creating different paper surfaces and textures by various treatments, I thought about making a face using old newspaper. I used a face I made from Plaster of Paris as a guide, and using strips of paper and glue, formed an embossed face. Some other treatments like applying tea, golden water-based colors, etc. were then applied to enhance the look. I might make such thing in a bit larger size someday. Currently that one is about 6 inches in height.
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Few weeks back when I shared the photos of a 3D paper model of a Hyacinth Macaw on my Facebook page, it was very much appreciated by the friends and other viewers. Some of them even personally contacted me to appreciate it and to find out how I made that.
Some time back, while I was in a “Craft-making” mood, I searched for some 3D paper models to work on. Luckily I found a great resource on Yamaha site of Paper Crafts. They are offering free templates for various kinds of paper models like Yamaha Motorbikes, Animals and other creatures, pop-up cards, etc. They range from simple to complex but you can choose according to your level of skills. You need to print the design on A4 sheets, cut, glue and assemble the parts according to the instructions given on the website.
Happy Crafting! 😉
Light painting is not a new technique and every photography enthusiast has used it in his own unique way. Through these series of photographs involving symbolism created through light-painting technique, I have explored a Soul’s spiritual journey to its Ultimate Existence.