Saturday, December 19, 2009

In Black and White

I started this sketch because I wanted to draw someone beautiful...but soon realized my mistake of not choosing the 'right' subject! ( She is Alicia Silverstone, but I did not work on the likeness factor very much, here-- so you may not recognise her!) The problem was that her face did not have any gradients to work upon - so it got a little boring and I decided to speed up things and get over with it! I hate leaving something unfinished, so I did complete this sketch, but honestly, not much time was spent on this one. About 2 hours.I think I need to find better paper...this cartridge paper shows through so much that dark tones are spoiled. I can't achieve the desired smoothness... Any suggestions?

Sunday, December 13, 2009


A quick sketch in charcoal pencil on paper.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Having Fun

A pencil sketch of my 10 year old son Arjun, enjoying blowing bubbles!
14"x12"; graphic pencils on cartridge paper

Monday, November 23, 2009

I have been indulging in colors lately, and pencil has taken a backseat for some time!

This 15 minute sketch might revive my love for my pencil!

Friday, September 11, 2009

street urchin

A page from my sketchbook...

Monday, August 31, 2009

Dark Stairs

There seems to be some mystery involved here...the darkness underneath...and the shabby, aged steps leading into the light!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Maharani

Maharani Gayatri Devi of Jaipur, who died last Wednesday at the age of 90. She was once included in Vogue magazine's Ten Most Beautiful Women . Very few people can look so stunningly beautiful even in their old age.One of the last remaining symbols of India's feudal past, Ms. Devi and her husband, the Maharajah of Jaipur, ruled over a fief of some two million peasants" before independence. She also participated in India's burgeoning democracy, being elected to parliament three times and serving from 1962 until 1975.
A tribute ....

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Pair

I guess its complete now!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Work In Progress

Flipping through a photography magazine, I found this lovely picture in Sepia monotones ..missing the name of photographer as of now, but I will post it later; along with the original picture.Meanwhile you can see how the work is progressing...
On 12"X9 " Cartrige paper

Friday, June 5, 2009


This is my self portrait done in watercolrs.I can't resist sharing it with you all who don't follow my other blog!..However, to match up with this blog's ambience, I have converted it into black and white tones.If you wish to see the original, pls go to my other blog, Arti's art, Life as I see it

Two more sketches

Two more pages from my sketchbook...I scribbled them yesterday morning while watching TV. First one is a contestant from a TV show "Judge Judy.." she was pretty and glamorous, had big eyes and kept rolling them all the time!...
Second is, as many of you may know, Susan Boyle , the plain looking singing sensation of "Britain 's Got Talent " Show; who lost at the final stage. I hear that she suffered a nervous breakdown after that, and had to be hospitalized! I sympathize with her.She really had a sweet voice.But these TV shows can be cruel! You have to be thick skinned to participate in them.
I did this sketch watching a repeat telecast of her performance on stage.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

from my sketchbook

I have been neglecting my sketchblog for quite sometime. Even though I have n;t really sketched anything substantial for many days, I feel the need to fill the void. Here are two quick sketches that I drew in my sketchbook on my last visit to James Park, London.The kids were busy playing in the sandpit and looked so adorable.Especially the young girl with a doll in her hand -- she was an angel!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

On Mothers' Day

Here is my tribute to Mothers' day. A sketch of my mom .She has been the guiding force since my early days.We lived in a small town where art education was not available, but she always pushed me to do better, encouraging me to share my art with the world ( I being the shy one)...
Each woman who is a mother knows what does it take to be one. It means having her whole life altered so that she can provide a better life and a happy childhood to her offspring!
When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.
- Sophia Loren

Happy Mothers' Day every mom of the world.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Fun on the Beach

I finished this sketch yesterday but not as I would have liked to! Perhaps I sprayed the fixative too close last time and when I picked it up again, i saw small blobs of it all over him! Well some things aren't destined to reach a fair end.Anyway I am posting it as it is....

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

work in progress 3

A bad photo..the sketch is larger than my scanner's I have to take photos ...

Sunday, April 26, 2009

work in progress 2

This is the stage I am working on at the moment. I have just started the old man's shading. Kid has got his share, but still needs a bit of finishing. Also added tiny waves in the background..
Have a Nice Day!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Fun on the beach

This is Picasso himself...

A sketch in Progress-1

Here I have completed the basic outline work, and started shading from the upper left corner. When drawing portraits, I go from one end to the other, from top to bottom shading the parts as close to finished as possible. This is to avoid any smudging by the hand.

This is the first layer of shading on the child's face.I use circuler strokes instead of usual anguler or cross hatch.It gives a smoother effect. After shading I use a fine cloth wrapped around my finger to smooth out the tones. Then , another round of shading if a darken tone is required.
Thats all for today...Have a nice day!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Today's Sketch

My nephew Pancham, Five years old...he is watching his favourite cartoon here, just woken up and all tussled! I have used 2h, h, 2B and 6B pencils on 10''X11'' paper

Monday, April 6, 2009


A pencil sketch on paper

Saturday, March 21, 2009

My son sitting on a window seat of a train.We took this journey recently and i was getting was a rough sketch....

The view from my was pretty boring till this gentlemen in turban decided to get up and spice it up!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Wise old Sage

Another sketch I did today.I borrowed the subject from Mostafa again...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Today's sketch

A portrait of an elegant old lady by illustrious photographer Yousuf deserved a quick sketch!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Another minibook published

I got another of my minibook published online on sharing books today...Happy reading!

Friday, March 6, 2009

a quick flash sketch

I was trying the brush tool of flash here for a quick drawing....

Thursday, March 5, 2009


Thumbnails of the poems illustrated by me and published on

The woman in shawl

A sketch based on Mostafa 's photo...

Saturday, February 28, 2009

today's sketch

a detailed sketch...with pencil on paper

Monday, February 23, 2009

black beauty

Horses are more difficult to draw!This was my first attempt at drawing a horse...pencil on paper.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Man with beard

Today's sketch....

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Some more pics of indian Cricketers

I made these sketches for a cricket site some time ago....I dont have much interest in cricket myself!
I am not sure they are using them or not but I am sharing with you all here.These were done in FlashCS3.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Friday, February 13, 2009

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Little Girl running

These animations are all a part of a series involving this little girl.

fat man

This was a flash rendering of a cartoon character.I saw it somewhere and drew it in flash using brush...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

front run

graphics in photoshop from a Fairy Tale

The graphics were created for a an animated kids story in flash.Thses were enhanced in photoshop for print version.

sketches, caricatures