• Ravi Swami

Welcome to the new redesign of the Naked Swami website! - it's been a long time coming, mainly due to procrastination and a fear that it might involve a lot of under the bonnet work that might mess up the functionality of the site.

Ultimately it was reasonably plain-sailing, with the aim being to make it easier and more straightforward for visitors to browse items without having to drill down into the site via links on the home page to get anywhere, which was the problem with the first iteration.

The bright colours are gone to be replaced by a more austere blue and an elegant font style throughout - the blue is to tie in with the visual identity of my professional work site at since some of the items are spin-offs from my animation design work.

I haven't tinkered with the e-commerce element so purchasing items should be a breeze, hopefully.

I'll be adding a new collection of drawings soon, some digital and some analogue, from my lockdown life-drawing sessions and random illustration, as before, suitable for a wide variety of applications from frameable print to tee-shirts - or whatever you want them to be on, just let me know via an email.

A few items are available via my Etsy and RedBubble shops and I'll be keeping these accounts open, but your best bet is to purchase directly from my website.

Have a great Xmas and New Year !

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  • Ravi Swami

In case you're wondering where I've been all this time since the last post, rest assured that I haven't been in a state of deep sleep, or, to quote the immortal words of Abdul Alhazred: "That is not dead which can eternal lie. And with strange aeons even death may die" - actually I've been busy trying to work off this "Lockdown Belly", not helped by watching "Lovecraft Country".

Speaking of which, it's a TV series that is going to divide some viewers and will be appreciated by others, especially those who are readers of Lovecraft's work, since it's enjoyably scattered with literary references to various stories from the Lovecraft "Mythos".

In fact my Yeti's hog the Widescreen Ultra HD TV when it's on just to catch any mention of the dreaded "Mi-Go"...that's Tibetan for "Yeti"...which are featured in Lovecraftian lore...deeply annoying.

I do hope you enjoy the new "HP Lovecraft" tee-shirt, though cost issues meant that it couldn't be woven from Tibetan Yak fur and I had to settle for cotton.

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I recently visited The Wallace Collection in London to see a stunning exhibition of Indian Colonial Period art - it's on until March 2020 and well worth a look.

What was striking is the painstaking & mind-boggling level of detail in the botanical, biological and architectural art by indigenous artists on display - in particular, in the architectural renderings where the smallest details such as Islamic inscriptions and marble inlay work on, for example, The Taj Mahal are reproduced accurately at a very tiny scale - we're talking millimeters.

All this was achieved with no more than brushes with a very small number of hairs, watercolors and plenty of time and patience, along with an urge to reproduce things accurately.

It made me think how relatively easy it is to achieve similar levels of detail with present-day digital technology, although the time taken on "The Himalaya Palace" print spanned a few weeks at least and I strove to achieve a very fine level of detail, such as the tile work on the exterior and Oriental style friezes rendered in ceramic tiles under the roof which can be seen to its best advantage in large format prints.

Of course, the other thing that makes these works unique is that they are singular pieces of art, even if they were reproduced for print later, which seems unlikely since this is the first time that they have been seen publicly, whereas digital work can be reproduced endlessly without loss of quality.

Go see it if you can.

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