I created this new artwork for the 2010 Diwali festival, to send to family & friends. I always have designed and made things to give that personal touch. Happy Diwali to all those who will be celebrating. Diwali is a Hindu festival of light, and it has a religious and family significance to many Hindus from India and around the world.
Diwali involves the lighting of little lamps or divas. These lamps are kept burning through the night as well as keeping the house clean, both are done so to make the goddess Lakshmi feel welcome. Fireworks are burst because it is believed that it keeps away evil spirits. During the Diwali celebrations all family and friends celebrating wear new clothes which signifies the special day and share sweets and snacks with each other.
The Diwali greeting artwork combines fine illustrated pattern detail, as well as the illustrated figure of an Indian woman wearing traditional clothing and celebrating Diwali. I choose to illustrate the artwork with Indian motifs, typography, and icons. The Indian illustrated figure I asked a friend to model for me. I photographed my friend posing in different ways. I wanted to achieve a sense of realness to the pose, and photographic my friend helped to achieve this realism which I translated into an illustration of her.