Illustration Friday: Routine [Drawing and Video]

August 28, 2008 at 2:23 AM (Art, Movies) (, , , , , , )

This week’s Illustration Friday topic is "Routine".  And when I saw that, there was only one thing I could think of — the song "Every Day is Exactly the Same" by Nine Inch Nails.  This is an amazing song, I can relate to it quite well (heh)!  Anyway, here is a page with more details on the song and the lyrics.  Without further ado, here is the drawing I did —

That’s Trent Reznor, the man behind Nine Inch Nails.  The picture was done with ballpoint pen on a small notepad actually!  You can click on the image above to see a larger version.

But wait!  That’s not all!  In addition to the above drawing, I did a bunch more inspired by the song and by movies that kind of follow a similar theme.  And what’s more, I filmed myself drawing them and put the footage together into a video.  So here’s a fan-made music video for Nine Inch Nails’ "Every Day is Exactly the Same", directed by yours truly, Karthik Abhiram —

You can go to the YouTube page here.  Feel free to comment either here or on the video page!

By the way, I’ve scanned the five other drawings that are visible in the video (one is visible VERY briefly, the others have considerably more screen time).  I will put them up later.  I actually did all this over the weekend but didn’t have the time to make this post.  Thought I’d go ahead with the Reznor drawing alone because I didn’t want to go too far away from Illustration "Friday"!

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My new phone — Nokia N82

August 19, 2008 at 8:56 PM (General) (, , , , , , , )

I got a new cellphone yesterday.  This is Nokia N Series phone — the N82.

For quite some time, I’d been thinking of replacing my existing phone (a Sony Ericsson W700i).  I wanted to get a phone on which I could listen to music and watch videos (with the ability to rewind and fast-forward), and the camera was also important.  My brother’s friend has an N73 Music Edition phone, and seeing that in action in Bangalore was what inspired me to also get an N Series phone.

The current N82 is an awesome phone and is ideal for all the things I mentioned above — it has 2 GB of storage, supports various audio and video formats, and has an excellent camera on board.  By the way, the camera is comparable to a digital camera, and is superior to cameras found on most mobile phones.  This is a 5 megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss lens and a Xenon flash.  It records MP4 video too, in a very decent resolution (640 × 480).  I didn’t have much time to experiment with the phone yet, but I will get to that, given some time.

The phone can use an existing wireless network, hence, I was able to browse webpages on it by connecting to our home network (by the way, we got a wireless router recently, so that our Tata Indicom connection is made into a wireless signal, with encryption of course).

One of the things I want to do on top priority is to encode my drawing videos into MP4 files and upload them to the phone.  This way, I can show them off to people very easily!  Perhaps later, I can also check out some of the SDKs available for these phones.  By the way, did you know, you can transcode video by using VLC media player?  The File » Open dialog has a "Stream/Save" option by which you can convert video from one format into another.

Check out this comprehensive review of the phone.  I read this before buying the phone, hence was very happy with my decision.  The pictures in that review are of the grey/silver N82 model, whereas I got a black one.  That’s me in the picture above, with my new phone.  That photo was obviously not taken with the phone, but with the webcam on my laptop.

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