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Monday · 18 May 09 · 03:53 AM IST | Posted by Karthik | Category: General

Here are some more photographic experiments that I did, since last time.  All of these were taken with my HP laptop webcam and post-processed in Picasa (hence, only low resolution images are available).  These were/are used as profile pictures on various social networking sites, and I also posted these on my deviantART gallery.

Action Movies — Photo by Karthik Abhiram

This first image is called Action Movies and is inspired by the old 1980s and early 90s action movies, the kind that we grew up on!  The kind of movies that we were way too young to see, but watched anyway.  The kind that they don't make any more.  Some of them are bonafide classics (like Die Hard) that were influential, others kept the clichés alive, but all were entertaining.  Remember the bullets, shootouts, explosions, extreme violence, hand-to-hand combat, punches to the face, broken limbs, the hero with a mysterious past (mostly an FBI or CIA agent)?  I bet these names will bring back fond memories — Arnold Schwarzenegger's Commando, Predator, Total Recall, Steven Seagal's Marked for Death and Under Siege, the Lethal Weapon series, and many more.  Sure, the final image above may not convey all these things, but that was the inspiration for the picture.  By the way, the shirt I am wearing is the one Varun made for me some months back (a shirt with images of my drawings).  [deviantART entry]

Emotional Atyachar — Photo by Karthik Abhiram

This picture is called Emotional Atyachar and obviously it is inspired by the Anurag Kashyap movie Dev.D.  This got some pretty good comments, and is inspired specifically by the scene where Abhay Deol dunks his head in water and then emerges back out.  I didn't have a bucket of water close by, so this is the "dry version" of Emotional Atyachar.  Music inspiration is the "Emotional Atyachar Rock Version)" from the movie.  [deviantART entry]

Project Mayhem Photoshoot — by Karthik Abhiram Project Mayhem Photoshoot — by Karthik Abhiram Project Mayhem Photoshoot — by Karthik Abhiram

The next set of images is interesting — it is from a time towards the end of April when I got my hair cut extremely short.  I'd been intending to do that for some time anyway, and when Varun had come home to visit and said that he was going for a haircut, I decided to go for it.  It was an impulse decision, and I later associated inspirations to the new look — the Space Monkeys from Project Mayhem in Fight Club, the Ghajini look, the skinhead look from American History X or the Jason Statham look from The Transporter or Crank.  At any rate, I've kind of got used to not having to comb my hair for the last month or so now!  [deviantART entry]

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Monday · 18 May 09 · 03:43 AM IST | Posted by Karthik | Category: Art

Some weeks back, I was doing some random doodling in a notebook at office, and this is what I came up with —

Duststorm — by Karthik Abhiram

Of course, this is just the one strip with 3 panels, it wasn't actually intended to go anywhere.  Done in ballpoint pen, inspiration is the trashy post-apocalypse SF-action-horror movies from the 1990s.  If I absolutely had to develop this into a full story, then it would be something along the lines of Cybertech Inc creating artificial duststorms containing Smoke (for some mysterious and ominous motive), and a lone defender finding this out.  Of course, I would have to include cyborg kickboxers (or kickboxing cyborgs) in there somewhere.

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