Saturday, May 28, 2016

Mirror


You have no idea how hard I’ve looked 
for a gift to bring You.
Nothing seemed right.
What’s the point of bringing gold to
the gold mine, or water to the ocean?
Everything I came up with was like
taking spices to the Orient.
It’s no good giving my heart and my
soul because you already have these.
So I’ve brought you a mirror.
Look at yourself and remember me.

~ Rumi


Night







Thursday, May 26, 2016

Adrenalin


At 2am on ordinary paper.

One Hot Summer Night



So after careful planning I tried drawing this large African Bison. As sometimes happens, the roughs on ordinary paper turned out very well, but when it came to drawing the actual picture on one of my lovely last few sheets of Hoesch Watt paper, I stuffed up completely and totally. Since one cannot waste good paper, I turned it over and drew something else on the other side.



But I am finally drawing large size again and after a long break because the temperatures have fallen a bit and that is a relief.


Thursday, May 5, 2016

Announcing BLACKTHIRSTY


Do take a look at my new ETSY shop featuring beautiful prints of your favorite charcoal drawings which so many of you requested of me. It is finally here for you at -









Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Nostalgia


Photo of rare white-haired Suttonese mushroom hunter.
Circa 2014 A.D.


Hand painted pebble by native Suttonese artist 
gifted to Indian explorer.

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 nos·tal·gia noun nostalgia plural noun nostalgias
A sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.
Something done or presented in order to evoke feelings of nostalgia.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

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I just want the world to be quiet for a bit."
                                    ~ M.H




Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Creepy as Hell

A while back, I retreated from life into a lovely farm somewhere in a village outside Benglur. Directions to the farm went something like this, "At the mango tree, take a right turn, then where the cows are sleeping, take a left turn..." 

The setting is all very idyllic,


until you come to the Anthill!


And you see hair growing out of it -


So you cautiously move a bit closer to examine this hair 






And the hair starts moving!



And you just...just...slowly back away...














Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Before We Visit the Goddess


I was very pleased when the Art Director at Verve magazine invited me to illustrate a story by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. I had wanted to illustrate for Verve ever since I saw their beautiful magazine years ago when I returned from Australia. Then, during pre-internet era, when I contacted them with samples of my work, they sent me an article to illustrate almost immediately. However, because of the logistics of couriering actual work across during those pre-digital times, it was an exercise in futility and nothing came of it. Therefore I was pleasantly surprised when I received a mail inviting me to illustrate for them this time. 


I haven’t received my copy yet, but a walk along Indiranagar with a friend and a bid to escape the heat by plunging into air conditioned Crossword assisted me in getting my hands on a copy and photographing it.Do check out the April 2016 issue of Verve. But you can also read the story here >>


The story is a beautiful one about young lovers, a red sari and stars in the night sky on the terrace. It was a pleasure to do and it is one of my favorite assignments to date. The focus of the illustration is on his hands cradling her and her sari enveloping them. The resulting shapes remind me almost of a foetus within a womb, safe, loved and secure.

For those of you interested in such matters, this illustration was done on Canson Colorline paper with the rich pigments of Daler Rowney pastel. I love the grainy texture and the rich but muted, sophisticated colors that resulted. This has been one of those rare moments when there is a sense of satisfaction with what has presented itself to me at my desk. 






Sunday, April 17, 2016

Fishing in Troubled Waters


This time's comic for The Big Picture at Livemint. 
You can read the entire story by clicking here >>>

I enjoyed drawing the illustrations for this story. When I requested him for one, it was almost immediately written and sent to me by my long time virtual friend Slogan Murugan of Mumbai Paused fame. Not only that, it had my favourite subject - fish (or rather lack of fish, which is why I got to draw only one fish), but still, drawing the sea, boats, troubled wives...all was good to do.These illustrations have been done with pastel and graphite on absolutely lovely pre-cut C a grain Canson paper.

Here are some of the illustrations -






You can find photographs taken by Slogan Murugan about this subject here>>.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Creepsome

When I was working on an illustration this afternoon,I ended up drawing a child with a strange expression. Whichever way I turned, the child's intense gaze followed me. The juxtaposition of cut out images on my table looked very interesting beside the child's face. I decided to take some photographs and put them up on my blog.This would probably work well for a macabre children's story. The lethal pair of scissors and the child's expression open up a lot of possibilities.







Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Mighty Oak



Because I had read about Oak trees in books from my childhood, written by English authors, I had often wondered about The Mighty Oak and wished I could see one in real. Once, an acquaintance gave me an acorn for my seedpod collection where it remained one of my most prized possessions for a long time (yes, an acorn). So it was with awe and delight that I set my eyes on my first Oak ever somewhere at Westmount. The cold autumn air had freeze dried the leaves of this tree so that they'd slowly lost their color and yet retained their shape in this magnificent creation.

And the leaves! One has to admire them and press them and draw them -





Needless to say, I now have a hell of a lot of Canadian acorns in my collection :)





Quotation seen on a coffee mug:
'Every mighty Oak was once a nut that stood its ground'.

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