About this project

Art has the power to move us, to inspire us, to enlighten us, to provoke curiosity and incite a desire to imagine a world different from our own and to lose ourselves in it. There are as many interpretations to an artwork as there are people. This diversity is what intrigues me most about art and music.

In this space, I explore different art forms and display some of my own creations.

I am Abhigya. Join me on my creative journey.

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Pixel Art

Pixel art is a form of art where in individual pixels serve as building blocks for creating an image. It is similar to mosaic art in that small pieces are placed individually to create a larger piece of art.

Pixel art has existed since the day 2-D games with graphics came out. The term was first used by Robert Flegal and Adele Goldberg of Xerox PARC in 1982. While it was not called so at the time, pixel art was a way for game developers to create images using limited computing resources. Programmers had to work with each pixel to ensure that the entire image made sense. While technology has progressed and this technique is obsolete, this method of rendering images has carried on as an art style.

Golden Venture Folding

Golden Venture folding is the Chinese art of modular origami. This art form gets its name from the ship, ‘Golden Venture’ which crashed off the coast of America. The ship was carrying illegal Chinese immigrants who occupied themselves with craft, one of which was Chinese modular folding, during detention. Golden Venture folding uses small triangular units that are inserted one on top of the other to build sculptures.

How to fold a triangular unit
Source: Destiny’s child

Celtic knots

The lack of written records makes it difficult to define the origin of Celtic knot work. The earliest evidence of these designs can be found in the beautifully adorned 7th century Irish manuscripts, such as the Book of Kells and the Book of Durrow.

The Book of Kells

Today, however, Celtic knots have become a defining characteristic of Irish art. The knots appear to have no beginning and no end. Popular opinion is that these seemingly endless loops are a reflection of the Celtic belief in life’s interconnectedness and continuity. Read more about the origin, history, and significance of Celtic knots here.

Afro Celt Sound System – Dark Moon High Tide

Printmaking

Printmaking is an art technique that involves the transfer of images from a template (also known as a matrix) onto another surface. Traditionally, woodblocks were used in the print making process. Embossed regions on the woodblock create black regions and engraved regions create white regions on the printed surface. Check out this website for a step-by-step guide on woodblock printing.

However, there are many other ways to create a template. I made mine on a piece of card. I used different materials such as cardboard, sandpaper, leaves, sticks, etc. to obtain different textures. Once the template is ready, use a roller to roll out some ink on a piece of glass and then apply it onto your template. I used an oil-based ink. Lastly, press out the template onto a paper (or any other surface).

Venice

This was Venice, the flattering and suspect this beautiful city, half fairy tale and half tourist trap, in whose insalubrious air the arts once rankly and voluptuously blossomed, where composers have been inspired to lulling tones of somniferous eroticism.

– Thomas Mann in Death in Venice

Matsya

Madhubani is one of the many famous Indian art forms. It originated in the Mithila region of Bihar. Themes are typically drawn from Hindu mythology and ritual practices. Traditionally, colours were derived from natural sources and painting was done with twigs and matchsticks.

I made this artwork on a mud plate. I have filled the empty space with flowers, and geometric patterns which is a characteristic feature of Madhubani art.

Let me know your thoughts about ‘Matsya’ and do send in your own artwork.

Doodle

Doodling requires no thinking. It is a quick and effective stress buster. It helps you relax and focus better. Plus, you do not need much in the way of supplies. Send in your doodle art and share other creative ways you are keeping yourself occupied during the lock down.

Perspective

Linear perspective is a technique that artists use to represent three dimensional objects on a two dimensional surface. It uses parallel lines (convergence lines) that converge in a single point on the horizon line, to create the effect of space and depth.

Image source: teresabernardart

A storm in the sea

Nicolas Jacques-Conde is credited with inventing the modern pencil in the eighteenth century. While the pencil became a common item in artists’ studios to create preliminary sketches, it was rarely used as the sole medium for a finished art piece. Today, however, pencil drawing has very much become an art form in itself.

What I love most about pencil drawing is the lack of colour. The black and white colour scheme is classic, timeless, and mysterious. It precisely portrays the emotions that the thought of a lone ship in the middle of the sea evokes in me.

Leave your comments down below and do send in your artwork.

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