A TIE Fighter pilot

 
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Growing up, my favorite computer game was “TIE Fighter”. I’ve been thinking about doing a TIE Fighter sketch for some time now. This weekend, I finally got around to doing it.

This was sketched using Procreate on an iPad Pro. It was an interesting exercise rendering a black object using blue and red lighting. The result is an intimidating Imperial pilot.

A rose for Mothers Day

 

This year, my mom set some interesting rules for Mothers Day. I couldn’t send a card, flowers or a gift that costs too much money. So, I would naturally decide to create a sketch. At times I can be upset at my family, but they have always been there for my and have been supportive. I’m very grateful.

I was going to send some roses, but a sketch is an interesting challenge. I looked up roses with an image search and created a sketch based on references. This was a sketch using a various different types of markers on Letraset paper. I finished it with pencil outlines. It was a lot of fun sketching with good old fashioned markers and paper. Digital sketching is great, but its always good to have a foundation.

In honor of my cousin, Rakesh Engineer

 

Around a month ago, my cousin passed away in his sleep. It came as a surprise to all of us in our family. He was 49, athletic and a very healthy man. Not only that, he was a great cousin, brother, husband and father. His death was very shocking and really hit me.

In honor of Rakesh, I created a sketch that captured his smile and optimism in his eyes. This sketch was then framed and sent to his wife. I really hope the best for his family. Rakesh will always be in our hearts.

My last painting at the HOPE Outdoor Gallery, in honor of Anthony Bourdain

 
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Last summer, I was very saddened to hear about Anthony Bourdain’s death. I really looked up to him. I loved his sarcastic sense of humor, his lifestyle as an explorer and willingness to try new things. Through his books and shows on TV, I learned more about food and how different people around the world lived and enjoyed life. He seemed to live a dream life. Lots of money, travel and a new family. Unfortunately, he suffered from depression and took his own life.

In honor of someone who I would consider to be a hero, I painted a mural at the HOPE Outdoor Gallery. This took around 6-7 hours on a hot summer day. It was so much fun being able to paint on such a large scale. Not only do I miss Anthony Bourdain, but I also miss the graffiti park. I missed being able to paint large paintings and I miss the people at the graffiti park. The environment was like a zoo. There were artists, tourists, bridal showers, teenagers and many different types of visitors. People visiting from other parts of Texas, as well people visiting from other parts of the world. As someone who is a bit shy, this place helped me get out of my comfort zone. I feel very fortunate to have had the chance to paint here.