Before skill becomes a talent


Drawing the human figure is not a talent. It is a hand-eye coordination skill. Systematic instruction and lots of focused practice will get any student drawing representations of the human form. Even a talentless shit like Cerno managed it. The proof is in the Flickr gallery at end of this post. Using skill to create … Continue reading Before skill becomes a talent

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Aero-matic rice truck art


Sri Lanka's traditional wooden chase trucks have an interesting mix of traditional and modern motifs. This example (a rice truck I suppose) seems to emphasis the modern. Despite the otherwise familiar landscape vignettes , the collision course airplanes give a the design an unusual sense of movement. Air traffic control people will find this slightly … Continue reading Aero-matic rice truck art

Rare powerful Sri Lankan sculpture


Image below shows (with close up details) of a rare powerful piece of non religious public sculpture in Sri Lanka. Rare in that it is NOT embarrassing to look at. It actually communicates a human emotion that touches a suspicious nut like me who is sceptical about everything — including cynicism. Non religious monumental art … Continue reading Rare powerful Sri Lankan sculpture

Bawa Gardens Sri Lanka


Dominic has co authored (no doubt gloriously photographed) "The Bawa gardens of Sri Lanka" - a new book about two legendary Sri Lankan gardens. Namely Geofry Bawa's Lunuganga and his Brother Bevis's "Brief" garden. The book will no doubt fill a long standing void in documenting the common aesthetic sensibility that links the two Bawa … Continue reading Bawa Gardens Sri Lanka

Pictorial record of Sri Lankan web design


iSpide is a blog that goes around taking screen captures of what seems to be mainly Sri Lankan websites. It has been snapping away since march 2007! The result is a pictorial record of Sri Lankan websites that I think has a definite graphic design history value. Specially in a country where the form and … Continue reading Pictorial record of Sri Lankan web design

Vehicle graphics Sri Lanka – minimalist truck art


With his lense(s) Deshan has been cataloguing many things in Sri Lanka quite skilfully. Vehicle graphics is a minor collection in his image mountain. His pic of a restrained example Sri Lanka vehicle graphics is quite a contrast to the more common visual destiny found in the wooden genre of truck art.

Ridi Vihare – Silver Temple Sri Lanka


Ridi Vihare -"Silver Temple" in Sinhala - is a historic cave temple on the road to Sri Lanka's ancient cities -an easy day trip away from Colombo. At first glance it looks like a large well supported rural temple nestled in the lush landscape. Looks are of course deceiving. Its treasures are subtle and hidden … Continue reading Ridi Vihare – Silver Temple Sri Lanka