SketchBookArt: The Scanned Edition

It’s been ages since I did a sketch book post. Remember those old posts where I would share random things I had been creating? Yeah, those haven’t been happening for quite a long time. There are plenty of reasons for it which I will highlight for you below. I hope you’re ready for some rambling and some pretty pictures!

First of all, my old phone had a really messy camera. It was like taking pictures from a microscope honestly, with lots of artifacts and dust in the lens. I didn’t even want to post any pictures on Instagram (and hence why my Instagram was not updated since February). Now that I’ve got a new phone (not a brand new one, but new for me anyway!) with a much better camera, I’ve been trying to ease back into a posting routine.

Secondly, I haven’t really been in the “art” zone for the fast few months, which is kind of ironic, since I thought I used art as a way to escape stress and to clear my mind for a bit. However it seems like I was too stressed to take a break in the first place. Hopefully things will get better though. I’ve been trying to make new things, but my preference seems to have reverted back to watercolors over color pencils.

The major reason why this post is here today though is because we just got a brand new printer. Actually, it’s been here for a week or two, but it was last night that I unwrapped it and my dad and I set it up. It’s basically one of those all in one printers that scan and print. I’m really excited about it because I think it’s a great opportunity for me to get back to setting up my Etsy shop and selling my art prints (not that I have anything great at the moment, but I’ll get there soon).

For now, I’ve been playing around with the settings and the functions and decided to scan some old artworks (that I may or may not have shared already) and to see how things would work when I actually start making prints. It’s a bit of a tricky process because the printer is wireless, but I think I’ve finally gotten the hang of it.

scanned version
This one I’ve shared on Instagram before. It’s honestly one of my favorite pieces. I really like the way I’ve marked the chambers of the heart and also the cross-hatched filling of the heart layers. There’s still a few things that I can see that I need to improve on, so I will consider remaking this particular piece. 
http://writtenbykanra.blogspot.com/2017/09/scan-my-art-edition.html
edited version

I really like the overall “pop” style of it and I really want to make more similar pieces to this with other anatomical organs that would also be somewhat labelled. Some organs I was considering were the brain, the kidneys and the uterus. These organs, I feel, have the potential to be similarly manipulated into a colorful style of presentation.

scanned version

Here’s another piece from Instagram. Ever since we got cable (it’s the PTCL smart tv actually), Animal Planet has been one of those regular shows that we tune in to. In fact, I don’t think there are any other channels that we watch. Maybe three or four times a week (randomly), we’re all sitting and watching Animal Planet together. My mother has a preference for watching segments about African and Asian cats (lions, cheetahs, tigers etc) so thanks to the smart tv, we can flit through old programs and summon them up for the evening.

http://writtenbykanra.blogspot.com/2017/09/scan-my-art-edition.html
edited version

So we don’t usually get to see segments about turtles or sharks for that matter, but I still really wanted to paint with a water theme (with watercolors). I really like working with watercolors, especially now that I’ve found paper that actually works, and my favorite thing to do is to mix blues with greens. And as you can see, this is exactly what I had fun doing. Again, there’s a lot of room for improvement and I think I should start doing a practice page before setting my brush on to a project page..

These last two pieces I will show only the edited versions of.

http://writtenbykanra.blogspot.com/2017/09/scan-my-art-edition.html

This seems to be more of a display of how cool the scanner is and all the interesting things I can make with it. These are really old sketch book pages, from when I had watercolors but the paper itself was awful. I had to lather on a lot of paint into the brush to get it to stay on the page instead of soaking and fading, so this might not look like water paint, but I assure you, it is.

I don’t even know what I was shooting for here, but it’s probably some random “lets throw paint on the page until it actually works!” sort of thing. I wouldn’t call it abstract art (to be honest, abstract art has never really made sense to me) but maybe more of a messy background page. I might do something on top of it or just use it as a scrap book page.

http://writtenbykanra.blogspot.com/2017/09/scan-my-art-edition.html

Anyway I hope you guys liked seeing these pages! I would’ve posted more but the power went out and the scanner shut down. I was planning on showing you guys my actual scrapbook (you know, the one where I stick in random tickets and papers and stuff) but that will probably have to wait for another day.

What do you guys think of my starting an Etsy shop though? I personally wanted to keep it themed according to anatomy/medicine but of course I will consider doing other things as well. It will take me a while to construct prints to stock (like I said earlier, I want to redraw that heart image and then also work on the other organs) so I estimate it will take at least until the beginning of 2018, if I want to be really ambitious. Till then, I will be working on creating more things as well as sharing more with you!


I hope you all are having a wonderful day. Again, I apologize for the odd posting schedules. The year is coming to an end and it’s just been tests and stress upon tests and stress. I had an exam on Friday and now I have another one on Monday, followed by finals. I plan on spending my pre-finals break studying in the college library (I will probably bring my sketchbook and color pencils so I don’t fall asleep xD) so yes, I have a very busy schedule ahead of me. Let me know what you guys are up to!

PS: Me and Envy are planning something really cool for all you Instagram-pod-members and Twitter-pod-members! We hope to be unveiling it soon (perhaps in few weeks). Look forward to it!

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Author: Kanra Khan

I'm a Pakistani American student of medicine, or more precisely, an almost-graduate of MBBS Class of 2019. I like to write about my experiences in med school and my adventures in life, which range from traveling, to art, to blogging and photography. Like what you're seeing so far? Consider exploring a bit more! The Lunar Descent is endless.

0 Replies to “SketchBookArt: The Scanned Edition

  1. I love your turtle! I've been trying to get back into art recently – I did it in school and sixth form for years. But I'm yet to really find my "voice" with it. I've done a few pieces I'm quite happy with but on a whole I'm not sure what to do. Hopefully it'll come to me! xx

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