Thursday, June 5, 2014

: : Sketchbook : :

Its time to go back to sketchbook. Too much of digital & mechanical encounters, vectors editing and pixel shifting, its always refreshing to hold (actual) pen-pencil-marker-brush and draw on the paper.









Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Nameplate

Got an another opportunity to design a name plate for Pune based family. It was a gift for customer's sister. After some sharing of options and iterations we all happily reached on this (bottom most) conclusion. Showing some other options as well. I am glad that they chose devanagari one.






Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Geeli-Syahi (Wet-ink)




Ink–Play

Its purely magical when paper and ink come together. I simply loves doodling on different papers with inks... sub-consciously it starts with alphabets ONLY. Don't know why ;) This is another gem of paper (it has blotting paper feel) did wonders with my lamy pen. See—


Sometimes, I just don't want to lift the pen...


Sometimes, even I want to dance with a joy...

Monday, November 11, 2013

: : Hello : :

Drop in to say hello!
Hope you are doing well and had a wonderful Diwali.
We too had a descent celebration (went out of Delhi).
Now back to papers and inks!!


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Nameplate

Nameplate designed for a close friend's sister. Now waiting for a picture of actual nameplate from him. Till then have a look at these.



Tuesday, June 18, 2013

After hectic work and unbearable heat, we all three escaped to the hills on last weekend. There is place called Byasi near Rishikesh has a excellent resort called Atali Ganga. Its on Badrinath road and quite and further up from hustle-bustle of touristy Rishikesh. Best part of this place is you get both beach+hills-like experience together.
Friday – Saturday – Sunday


I can stare at this for hrs and hrs while sipping hot tea, coffee even chilled beer ;)





I am in love with river Ganga, again. She is wild but beautiful.


 All these inspired me to take D's colours and managed to do this.










Tuesday, May 7, 2013

ALSO

Reason for not visiting the blog is FACEBOOK. No! I am not spending (rather wasting?) time on social networking for liking and gossiping and poking in others' lives. But started my own FB page named as LEEHKIN. Here its the link: LEEHKIN, or if link doesn't work just search LEEHKIN. I am more active there hence this first-love is getting sidelined, but will keep coming and visiting. Please do join + like LEEHKIN and show your same support and love. By the way, I also have a website www.leehkin.com, thought of moving ahead in more professional way and reaching out 'potential' people through proper channels ;)

Hope to see you all here and there.

P.S. Hope you figured, why I named it LEEHKIN?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Jaipur : : Travel Diary

In around of Jaipur • City's hustle bustle • Old city charm and of course exhibition

Whenever I am in Jaipur, make sure to visit this place. This block print I tried with craftsman who demonstrate to every visitor.

Qalam Aatma : : Jaipur • January 2013

The first month of this new year is almost gone! Suddenly time is running too fast. I was absent from the blog world because of exhibition in Jaipur. I landed today after a hectic but super exciting week-long exhibition held at super awesome place called Jawahar Kala Kendra. Qalam-Aatma, a calligraphy exhibition organized by a Qalamkaari Creative Trust Delhi founded by super talented Qamar Dagar.
Few of them were the same bunch of artists who participated in last month's ONE ASIA exhibition. There were few new artists (they were actually hidden jewels) who Qamar founded in and around of Jaipur. We total 21 artists came together and interpreted our individuality in our own skilled manner.


Abid Saghir Jaipur, India (displayed marble and metal pieces where letters are carved, inlaid and etched–real masterpieces!) • Adil Writer Auroville / Mumbai, India (letters on ceramic? Yes, waxed and then fired with experimental techniques–amazing results) • Amir Abdullah Khan India (Master– guru, blessings are always with us)  • Ashok Sharma Jaipur, India (neat and consistent devanagri writing) • Bahman Panahi Iran / Paris (Great calligrapher and musician, what a awesome combination and skills; reflects the personality in his work) • Dharmesh Jadeja Auroville, India (Architect by profession. Boldness, energy of devnagri letters are incredible, again experimental ceramic plates and tiles has given new dimension to letters)  • F. Wasifuddin Dagar Delhi, India (Lovely person, lovely voice and lovely hand also) • Idermurun Khurelbaatar Mongolia (Never seen such a beautiful script) • Irshad Hussain Farooqi New Delhi, India (National award winner craftsman, he carved letters in wood, he has magic in his hand) • Jyoti Naoki Eri Auroville, India / Japan (Founder of ONE ASIA project, this time he tried Indigo, cloth and wax, his batik experiments are hotcake of the show) • Keiin Yoshimura Tokyo, Japan (Classical dancer, performer also writes harmoniously) • Matiullah Nawab Wasifi Tonk, Rajasthan, India (Ideal example of traditional calligraphy, salute to his skills and patience) • Michele Archambault New York/Paris (Ikkat collector, practices Chinese calligraphy, must see her work) • Mohammad Aslam Jaipur, India • Mohammad Yasin New Delhi, India (Senior most artist-90yrs+ displayed his old work still seems very fresh and contemporary)  • Nikheel Aphale New Delhi, India (he is owner of this blog, hope you know him well ;)) • Poosapati Parmeshwar Raju Hyderabad, India (Calligraphy and mythology, another layer of letter art, truly inspiring) • Qamar Dagar New Delhi, India (Founder and pillar of the QCT, pictorial calligraphy is her speciality, amazing sense of word-play and colours) • Syed Imtayaz Hussain Jaipur, India (Calligraphy can be written with mica? yes created really enticing Urdu script pieces with this unusual material) • Syed Salman Chishty Ajmer Sharif, India (Photo interpretation of calligraphy, they are still but incredible depth as they move you) • Tanjung South Korea (Very graphic and experimental) • Werner Sasse Germany / Korea (I am his fan now, his experience and command shows in his work)


It was a great platform where calligraphy is presented in traditional and contemporary form. It was a  visual cum educative treat for everybody who can't imagine calligraphy (alphabets) can be translate this way.
There were workshops arranged for everybody. I also took one session on 'contemporary calligraphy', I had fun; most importantly participants also had fun. Its always exciting and interesting to explore calligraphy with fresh and raw talent.

Both images are from ONE ASIA facebook group.

Monday, December 31, 2012

{HappyNewYear}

Its hardly any time left to arrive 2013. This year went really fast for me, I was super busy and didn't get much time to do anything extra (sadly; completely ignored the blog as well). That's the life of freelancers I guess, but no complaints.

This recently concluded ONE ASIA exhibition was a wonderful experience, where I met so many talented people from different parts of Asia. We all volunteers are still in touch and we are a big family now. This is what I have displayed there, got a nice corner to showcase the work.





Also please have a look at this link for other happenings & artists of ONE ASIA event. (Images by Jacky and Jyoti)

And lastly, I wish you a very happy, fun filled and of course safe new year. See you in 2013 with lots of new stuff, exciting projects.
(Just to share the excitement: I am writing this post on my newly bought iMAC, I am not used to desktop as my MacBookPro laptop has to retire, hence getting used to BIG screen and missing track-pad)

Text read as Best Wishes for the New Year (written in Devnagri script)

Friday, December 14, 2012

ONE ASIA DELHI 2012

Just to drop in to invite all of you for ONE ASIA event; also an opening of a Ek Sutra Calligraphy exhibition. Here in Delhi at IIC on 14th December 6 PM onwards...
Please spread the word, share it on social network (www.facebook.com/pages/ONE-ASIA-project/)
Read more about what is ONE ASIA here http://oneasiaproject.org/







Thursday, August 9, 2012

Sketches

I am back to my sketchbook—actually loose sheets of paper found while organizing my studio. There is something unique of these stale, old, damp papers. Inks get really excited when they meet their lost old friends. Nevertheless it always works for me. Will try to make them meet more often. Enjoy!




Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Sev-Ampersand

Over the weekend M decided to make something crunchy, snacky 'Sev' or the so called 'Bhujiya (in North-India) for little D and obviously for us too. These are basically crispy, salty and mildly spiced (specially since one year old D can't take a lot of spice). They are in either straight or circular depending on how you move your hand while making it. Considering it was a first time experiment they turned out really tasty and are a good munchy stuff while surfing, reading and watching TV etc.
While I was reading and enjoying my snack; I felt something odd, uneven in my mouth. What caught my attention was this unusual shape. To my surprise it was none other than our favorite 'Ampersand'. It was completely unintentional and a surprised which M was totally unaware of.
Here is a darling '&' with her portfolio. In some angle it also look like a person sitting in leg-folded position.


Here its a tool which created this masterpiece. It requires hell lot of energy and pressure to get noodles from its nozzle.



And here are the nozzles—to get different kinds textures, patterns etc.



Next time, intentionally will try rest of the nozzles to create Sevography.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Essential Kabir

Hachette has come up with a gift edition called  Essential Series. It is a series of poetries translated from the works of great poets like GibranRumi and Kabir.
I got a chance to design a cover for Essential Kabir which was already conceptualized internally.
Its a single letter devnagri 'Ka' stenciled out on the front cover and poem(doha) on the back; screen-printed in single black colour. 

Here are the renditions:
Final cover with cutout 'K'


'K' explorations

Back cover explorations:


Spread:

Its a must read, its a bilingual and simple...