Friday, October 14, 2011

Designing Album Art for Swedish band 'No Omega'

Swedish rock/hardcore band 'No Omega' stumbled across my site and artwork last month, and asked me if I could design the cover for their debut full-length record 'Metropolis'. I said yes.

I had initially sent across some samples to help them decide the cover's basic look and feel, and the typography that they wanted to use. A couple of mails went back and forth, some tweaks were made here and there, and this is the final outcome —

What do you think? The tracklist and credits will be added to the back cover once the content is finalised.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Making Brownies

Tried my hand at making brownies for the first time yesterday, with surprisingly awesome results! Beats the cakes and biscuits I've baked before hands down. Here are images of me at work —

What I learnt in the process —

  1. Preheating the microwave using Convection mode. The manual could use some better writing!
  2. You can't melt chocolate in a microwave. They come out nicely burnt.

Below is the final result —

In the picture on the right, I put a few chopped walnuts on the brownie pieces and topped it with honey. Mouth wateringly delicious is what it was!

If you want to try making these yourself, here's the recipe I used —

  • 60gms chocolate (I used a Cadbury's Dairy Milk bar)
  • 1/3 cup butter (unsalted is ideal, but I used the regular Amul butter)
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar (use 1 cup if you're using unsweetened chocolate)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts (you can put more if you like!)

Cream together butter, sugar and vanilla essence. Beat in egg and add melted chocolate. Blend. Mix in flour and chopped walnuts. Pour into a greased pan and bake in a microwave preheated to 180° C for 20 minutes. That's pretty much it!

Saturday, May 07, 2011

RSS Feed Improvements

Got back to some PHP coding today (after more than two years!) and made some improvements to the RSS feed of You'll notice that the titles are much neater now, and the feed items now feature thumbnail images! All I had to do was to hook up the RSS code to my nifty PHP script that automatically picks up images from their respective locations, scales them down and feeds them to the browser.

Small change, but makes the feed look a lot richer, wouldn't you say?

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Drawing Natalie Portman from "Black Swan"

Watch 6 hours of drawing, shading and digital colouring effort compressed into a little under 4 minutes —

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Making of "Flight"

Since some of you have been asking, here are the base images that were used to make my recent "Flight" wallpaper —

And here's the step-wise process —

1. The three images were overlayed on each other.
2. Orientations of the images were matched to make it appear as if the birds were flying in the same direction.
3. Overlapping birds were cloned out.
4. The tones, brightness and contrast were adjusted.
5. Finally, text was added to produce the final image.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Lazy Sunday Special

Was bored this evening, so I boiled a ear of sweet corn in water, removed the kernels (how time-consuming that can be!) and added some Mango Thokhu pickle, salt, chilli powder and lime juice. For lack of any alternative seasoning (and to make the photo look good), curry leaves were added at the end. Trust me, it tastes as good as it looks.

In case you've noticed, the blog also has a new design now! The template uses Google Web Fonts, which doesn't always display correctly until the page is refreshed. No idea why.