Kalamkari art: Saraswati Devi

My first attempt on replicating a Kalamkarti art work of the goddess Saraswati. It was one of the most time consuming and difficult work to date for me. I spent more than fifteen hours with two sessions lasting four hours each. Stuck at one place until I got each brushstroke right. I used a 000 brush to get the thin black border and designer patterns.

The entire work was done using water colors on a hand-made paper.

Every line drawn tested my patience and my audience was happy with the work I did. Got kudos from family and friends too!


Kalamkari art: Happy Sun by Nandini

My little one (age 6) didn’t want to be left behind and did her own attempt at kalamkari work with an image of a smiling Sun. She used black sketch pen for the border work and painted everything on her own. Dedicated to the cause and focused on finishing the art work to her satisfaction!


Kalamkari art: Elegant Elephant by Shivani

My older daughter (age 11) has worked out a terrific kalamkari art of an elephant. She took the tough road of using a 000 brush to get the difficult to make black borders for the picture. Amazing details and a lot of hard work!!


Water and Bridge in Venice

My teacher pushed me to try another work in charcoal. This time I had to replicate an original that was done using ink. Hence, achieving the same effect using charcoal turned out to be a daunting task. The picture was not about getting the details right as it was about presenting the overall landscape in a beautiful manner.

I began to love using charcoal after this work. More to do…


Boats by the Sea

This was my first work using charcoal. It took time to get adjusted to the mechanisms of using the charcoal pencil to draw different shades of black. I achieved the water surf effect hitting the rocks using a combination of methods. Couldn’t get to a perfect depiction of water splattering over the rocks. But, it works overall!

Family and friends loved the boats I made…


River by a hill station

Another work using staedler color pencils. By far the biggest challenge for me as I was using four shades of brown along with red, blue and black to get the desired effect for the rocks.

For the river water, I used multiple shades of green, purple, blue, black and brown. At one point, I had to take a break from work (much deserved!) to complete this work. This work welcomed the new year 2018 and will hopefully allow me to achieve much greater success in this passion of mine!


An Indian oil lamp- matching elegance

A break from color pencil sketching using staedler pencils led me to recreate this beautiful oil lamp. It was all about the shapes and the three-dimensional effect. A fast work that made me become comfortable with using pencils in general for sketching work.


Lotus in water – color pencil sketch

Woo…hooo….sketching with color pencils (staedler). The beauty of color is that it enhances the vividness of the pictures you draw.. My first attempt at using these pencils. It was a painfully slow work as I had do this work stroke by stroke to get the desired effect.

Staedler pencils blend in colors when applied one over the other. I achieved the effect of the lotus flower petals through multiple shades of pink and yellow-green.


The first big break – shapes and shadows

Shapes of all kinds combined with the theory and practice of shadow effects from a light source. This was my first serious breakthrough in my art class about 4-5 classes into it.

The illusion of depth and dimension was obviously achieved by darker strokes with an 8B pencil. Made me appreciate the power of pencil sketch. Drawing the sphere showed my limitation with free-hand sketching as circular shapes have troubled me a lot!


Broken pot on a window sill

A pot with a crack, a wooden frame with flowers and achieving the effect of polished wood.


Phew! took time to complete. I was doubtful about the polished wood effect with its grainy feel. Somehow, made it happen. Used HB, 6B and 8B pencils.