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Monday, November 19, 2018

King of Pop

'King of Pop' Michael Jackson. I am still a fan of his awesome dance slant! The secret lied in his patented shoes! :)

This rendition is done in Pitt pens



Friday, November 16, 2018

Buddha in Sky


बुद्धं शरणं गच्छामि/ Buddham Saranam Gacchami / I go to the Buddha for refuge. 

Buddha's teachings light up the universe. The word 'Buddha' means 'enlightened one'.



This work is done in mixed media- Pitt pens, white gel pen, watercolor and touch ups with color pencil.



Sunday, November 11, 2018

Buddha


This is a rendition of 'Head of the Buddha', a sculpture dating back to 4th-5th century AD which belonged to the frontier region of Gandhara. Ref pic from 'The Story of Art' by E H Gombrich.

Medium- pencil



Monday, November 5, 2018

Discobolos



This is a rendition of a famous artwork named ‘Discobolos’ by the ancient Greek sculptor ‘Myron’. The original was a bronze one that was unfortunately lost. However, an exact Roman copy is still preserved. Greek artists were experts in sculpting movements and muscle tones. The winners of the Olympic Games commissioned their statues from famous artists of that time. This young man must have won a prize in the game of discus throw.

I have intentionally used the black paper as I wanted to recreate the look of ‘old marble’ and display muscle tones that ancient artists so deftly sculpted upon the marble stone. Medium is color-pencil.

I love reading about ancient cultures esp Greece and Egypt and nothing fascinates me more than the ancient art! I hope you will like it. 



Thursday, November 1, 2018

I Am The Cold


Love, you once had warmed my soul
But when I craved for it a bit more
You gave a hollow laugh
And left me in that cold
The wild, the unyielding
The savage, the bitter cold
Like a curmudgeon’s rage
Like an old widow’s wrath
The cold which moaned as
The faint cry of a lamb
Slaughtered in leisure
Then, the sullen time strolled past,
Smoldering with its snide glance

Now, when I hear your footsteps,
I do not move, I cannot
For I am the curmudgeon and the widow
Savage and bitter, made of wrath
That half dead bleating lamb
I am that ominous hollow laughter,
Echoing in the forsaken wild

Turn back; bend not your steps my way
Do not come near, because now
I am the cold


Monday, October 29, 2018

Inktober-2018 / Day 29


My very first 'Inktober' sketch!! The the prompt for day 29 is 'Double'
Vampires live amongst us and roam around wearing charming masks. They suck all happiness, hope, excitement, will and reputation so one must be careful of the company he/she keeps. Janus faced people are very toxic and sadly are so ubiquitous these days.

Medium- Pitt pens


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A Blind Date with Art!



Travel is a not a dessert, it is the proper meal. I mean it is not optional; it is something I cannot just do without! Travel opens mind and takes to a world you had only imagined. It is that bridge that joins dreams and reality. To travel to familiar places like that to relatives, acquaintances and friends does not really give something to write home about. So, what makes a travel special? It is definitely the suddenness of the trip and novelty of the place that makes it memorable.

This world is like a garden, open and inviting with variety of plants- some thorny from which I would rather stay away from, some lovely and charming, some shady trees that can relax mind and soul, some tall and stylish ferns that can only be admired while some carnivorous plants that can swallow you up in a moment’s notice. This is a garden that has its own peculiar beauty that can be described only with a language called as ‘travel’. Another thing that travelling does is that it opens the mind and makes us realize that life is not only short and uncertain but that we live in a pigeonhole from which we must get out for the world is like the very universe, it is too vivid, fascinating and vast to be described in one life. Moreover, travel can make a place immortal. Travelers like ‘Ibn Battuta’, ‘Marco Polo’ have documented and as if captured a place in a particular era. We can, through their writing, always visit that place in that era, hundreds of years back. I love to go on impulsive travels, such surprises break the slumber and make me excited for something unknown and enthralling. As an artist and writer, travel is nothing short of oxygen for it pumps life into my works and makes them far more relatable and interesting. I have heard a lot about the sculptures of Italy and the canals of Venice. Being an artist, I am open to all the influences hence I would love to visit Italy to explore various forms of art. So here is my #TheBlindList  ready

The Last Supper (1520)
Now, I imagine I am on my way to Italy, the heaven of art and sculptures. The genius ‘Leonardo Da Vinci’ belonged to this place. Another sculpting genius ‘Michelangelo Buonarroti’ was an Italian too! Works like ‘The Last Supper’ by Da Vinci at Santa Maria Delle Grazie in Milan is a miracle. It is said that during World War II when Milan was bombed, the room was almost in rubble but the Last Supper’s wall remained standing! ‘Raphael ‘was another young artist of Italy and died only at 37. His painting Transfiguration’ at the Vatican Museum is considered as a groundbreaking work that introduced a new style. 

David (1501-1504)
There is much more to see like the 17 feet tall statue of ‘David’ by Michelangelo at Galleria Dell’ Accademia, Florence. It was completed in less than three years!  This little European country has a rich history of art. I can imagine myself living and growing through this enriching experience and thrill that it gives me is priceless.

The Doge's Palace
My next stop will be Venice, the city of gondolas! This city attracts me like moth to a flame. It was built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea and there are only canals and surprisingly no roads to connect one part to another and that’s what makes Venice different. My blind date allowed me to live the experience of stepping out on a boat and not land. Imagine you step out of the house and as you open the front door, a small boat is parked instead of a car! It is as exciting as it could get! There are various places to visit like ‘The Doge's Palace’ which is a palace constructed in the Venetian Gothic style. An example of the Italo-Byzantine architecture, ‘The Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Markwill be a fest for the senses and soul. Apart from these places, ‘The Grand Canal’, ‘The Rialto Bridge’ and an 11-kilometre long sandbar in Venice, ‘The Venice Lido’ where the ‘Venice Film Festival’ takes place! There is much to explore and I have just started. I feel like a little fly in the deep forests of Amazon!


Travel is so enriching and a major self-exploration! Lufthansa is always there to connect me to my dreams! With Lufthansa, I can confidently #SayYesToTheWorld!

What are you waiting for! Go on a blind date with the world, travel, explore, fill your life with colors and enjoy every day to the fullest!


Just Say Yes To The World and go ahead!


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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Book Review- A Basketful of Lies


Title- A Basketful of Lies
Author: Geetashree Chatterjee
Publisher: Creative Crows Publishers
ISBN: 9789384901687
MRP: Rs 199/-

When I received an autographed copy of this book, sent lovingly by the author, I was excited about the cover. You will come to know the reason by the end of this post. However, as and when I started reading the stories, the cover took a backseat and I could not stop wondering at the mesmerizing lyrical prose with which the author has clothed her brainchild. This work is her debut collection of short stories that revolve mainly around urban life and complexities in coming to terms with an inevitable change. Be it the old dignified ‘Maamone’, who chooses an austere life and self-respect over everything or a shrewd small town girl ‘Aninda’ who makes a whole career out of a yesteryear’s superstar, the characters in these 15 stories are very relatable and one can feel them popping out of the paper, for the portrayal is so real.

A few stories have spooky and surreal plots that are fun to enjoy and offer nail-biting twists. Some are about star-crossed lovers and those stuck in sepia memories buried under the nostalgia. Reading these, I felt a range of emotions, from a surge of sympathy for the sincere ‘Probir’ to pity for the old ‘Kaku’ managing a forgotten bookshop.

I will call this remarkable collection as a very ‘balanced’ one for many reasons. The plots are varied yet connected with a common thread, like beads in a string. The prose is lyrical yet it does not crash under its own weight; the passages are beautifully described yet the writing does not go overboard with unnecessary descriptions. The author has a very good command over the language too. So, in a nutshell, if you are a lover of meaningful, clean and well penned literature, this one is not to be missed. I am sure you will thank me after reading this book!

Regarding the cover, I am glad to have sketched the cover artwork. Each painting is done in color pencil and conveys the respective story-line. 

Rating- 4/5

The book is available on Amazon and Flipkart

The author blogs @ Panacea



Monday, October 8, 2018

A Basketful of Lies

I am excited to share this amazing news with you all!



Congratulations to Ms Geetashree Chatterjee as her debut book 'A Basketful of Lies' has hit the stands! In this collection, each short story is a gem presented in a lovely lyrical prose. Everything from concept to language and from flow to the ebb, has been handled very meticulously. I just loved reading her work!



I am so glad to have done the cover illustrations for this title.There are six illustrations in total, done in color pencil. Each one reflects the respective story line. I sincerely thank the author for putting her trust in me.


This book is available on Amazon and Flipkart

Get your copy now!







Saturday, September 15, 2018

Sin


There is a thin line between luxury and sin; the former after a point turns into the latter. An item is purchased as a necessity, then a better one for more utility, then another version for style and aesthetic aspects. Next follows a bigger brand for status and then an even expensive one for luxury, but beyond that, our repeated purchase of that item becomes a sin and sinful wastage. This amount wasted on vanity can be easily used for charity, education or saving for rainy days. 

I know many people who are always under debt and loans for purchasing luxury possessions beyond their means, just for the sole purpose of flaunting. To me, longing for approval and applause from others betrays a lack of sense of self worth.