I can honestly say it’s the cliché of clichés when I say we see the late Steve Jobs as a source of inspiration in our lives. He truly lived what one might call a ‘full’ life. So I was particularly struck by a photo of his during one of his last keynotes. It was him holding his hands in a ‘namaste’ thanking the audience in his traditional black turtle neck tee. And I don’t know what got into me but I decided to make a Steve Jobs illustration.
Illustrating Steve Jobs
What followed that was a gruesome 18 straight hours in front of the computer. Blood shot eyes and multiple coffee cups later this is what we had to show.
This essentially had me drawing individual patches of colours on illustrator up close.
The subtle variations of the colour patches together formed the final picture. Sorta of how pixels work to form a picture, only this time, it has more of an oil painting feel to it.
It involved a lot of overlapping of the patches . You can see the individual patches in the working drawings of it. Those are really a lot of patches.
And of course his immortal words are a part of it. You can check out the project on our Behance HERE.
As Jobs said “Here’s to the crazy ones”.
Well, the Jobs illustration turned out to be a really fun and eye straining venture. So I decided to make it into a series of Tech Legends. I’ve set out on a course to make illustrations of all the top tech titans of this era. After Jobs, we’ve got Bill Gates, Sergey Brin, Larry Page and Zuckerberg in the works.
Here are some of the works in progress.
I’ll have to be honest. This has been in limbo for quite some years. I’m hoping that writing blog on it will kind of force me into going ahead with this and work on completing the series
oh and if you would like a print copy of the Steve Jobs illustration, feel free to drop a mail
I think having physical desktop calendars are a bare necessity of life. At least for me! It helps to have a hold on your coming days and those that have gone past. The Lunar Calendar 2017 was just a simple calendar design project. We just wanted to try something simple and straight to the point.
My fascination with the Lunar Calendar came up with my hobby of late night walks. It still amazes me how much difference moonlight makes. On a full moon, even away from the city, the whole night is so serenely lit up. It’s almost magical. Whereas on a new moon, almost pitch darkness. Your eyes really struggle to adjust.
The Lunar Calendar is just that. It shows the phases of the moon every fortnight. Each date is shown to be with the corresponding moon phase. A full moon day will have the entire moon face behind the date and a new moon will have none. Simple and to the point.
I found it a helpful case as I have a copy of it on my desk and plan my nightly ‘sojourns ‘ accordingly now.
Check out the pdf of the entire year’s calendar provided herewith. Print out a copy for your desk or wall. Hopefully it’ll help you too!
So this is turning back the pages of time when we had just started out. The Thermo Clock Android App was probably our very first venture into app development. We wanted to test the waters as they say.
The idea of the app came while looking at the various methods to depict time besides the standard format (analog and digital). We basically had to show a quantity variation and decided to use the stardard thermometer as our guide.
Thermo Clock Android App
Taking the standard mercury thermometer, we assigned every hour as the number and added divisions within the hour. Four divisions of 15 mins or Twelve divisions every five minutes, that was left for the user to choose.
Initially its a greyed out number, then gradually the ‘mercury’ inside it rises which shows the passage of time. Half the number filled meant it is half an hour past, a quarter filled means 15 minutes had passed and so on.
The concept was to find a rather relaxing method to track time. (inspired by the Pomodoro technique). Just a simple timer – Set the time and you get an alarm at the end of it, that’s it. A timer that keeps you away from distractions.
The Thermo Clock was primarily aimed as an Android timer. We were going through our old work and thought to check if the idea resonated with anyone out there. Do let us know if you guys think it’s worth pursuing.
Damn, all this just takes us back to the start…(ala coldplay)
We know that we have been quiet off lately, and some people have even asked us if we’re still alive.
We are alive, and can assure you that the silence is because we have a lot on our hands. And just to soothe your worries, here’s what is happening at the moment:
We have not 1, not 2, not 3 but 4 projects in works! Now we can’t spill out all the details about them, but here are some slices of information.
Quote Codes – We have been working extremely hard on this for the past good year. The bulk of the work is done. What we’re doing now is some in-game mechanics, some animations, a little intro, bug fixing and sound engineering. We would be opening this for beta testing soon so please do sign up if you are interested to test our cool game.
We’ll keep you posted on a release date and we have documented the entire journey from Design to Code which we would be sharing– The game will be out in the second half of this year exclusively on iOS
In the meantime go check out the pages from the game and don’t forget to follow them!
The Game Quantum – reworking this and coming out with a more refined, more enjoyable version of our first ever game is one off our top priorities. More details in the coming weeks!
The WOW Signal – This is a space exploration video game. A topic that makes us jump from our seats. We are in the concept/designing stage of this and will start development in June. More updates on this then!
Tuta Tuk Tuk – Embarking new territories on this. We are traditionally 2D artists and developers but have challenged ourselves with doing the art of this in isometric. Currently in Prototype stage, we would be opening this for a closed Beta stage by the end of May!