Monday, November 26, 2012

The First Comes Last!

I finally made the cover page of my Sketchbook and titled the work! Its completely random.

Sunday, November 4, 2012


 I did this quick blackboard sketch for a house party held this weekend.

Inspired from

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Chicken Baba and Sundry Sketches

Food is an intrinsic part of Indian society ... it is considered to be the primary means of exhibiting emotions. For example, all Bollywood movies depict the loving wife/mother in a poignant “food serving” scene. I won’t even get into classical Indian literature!!

Anyhow, Blaft’s next “Obliterary Journal” touches upon the theme of meat, quite a pertinent one I think.  

I’m wondering, is it possible to be an animal lover and a staunch non-vegetarian at the same time?  With a considerable bit of hypocrisy, I guess it’s possible – something that I don’t introspect much about.

About Chicken Baba:

One of my grandparent’s neighbors used to sell chicken. He began a humble operation, years back, with a couple of chicks and one Luna. Soon he prospered. I guess he wanted more social acceptance, and took to sainthood. Every evening there would be a gathering in his house, where he would preach and offer his blessings. He dissociated himself from the chicken business, which was handled by several workers. Chicken Baba became quite popular. 

However, the business end of things didn't seem all that good. His workers began to cheat him, and his prosperity was threatened. So he decided to do some multi-tasking, and handled both the business and preaching.

Based on a photograph by Slogan Murugan

I don't get religious logic (an oxymoron) ...well  religious arguments about being vegetarian, and the perception of those who are not. 

The week that was ...

Monday, September 24, 2012

Doodles and Readings

seema misra

It has been a colorful week, with lots of writing, some rejections, a few highs, and lots of reading thrown in. The life of a freelance writer is more colorful than I had imagined!!

I had purchased some graphic novels this month, at the Bangalore Comic Con, and some more later. They are visually delightful; they have challenged me, and made life a lot more fun. Also, i have a stiff neck and have been trying all kinds of exercises and treatments (an illustration of this is to come later).

The pigeon in my house stands gurad over her newly hatched chicks, with beady red eyes. I can hear soft gutter-goo sounds all day.

There are endless cups of coffee, available whenever I want them.

Life is good.

The Books List:

Monday, September 17, 2012

Denmark (Island of Zealand): Virtual Paintout

My submission for this months Virtual Paintout.  I did the sketch with a blue ink pen and placed the painting under running water. Once the wash had dried, I penned in some details. 

Monday, September 3, 2012

"Sending you Happy Thoughts" card

I have always made "painting cards"with only two layers, the background and a watercolor pasted on the card. However, lately I have become interested in the layered cards made through paper cutting.

Here's an initial attempt at it :)

Some of the crafting blogs that have inspired to me make this card:

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Pigeons Homing, Twenty Minute Sketch

A pigeon has built her nest in my house, and its so lovely to see her every time I go out. I did this sketch last night with a black dot pen, then I used a black sketch-pen to create the blackness of nighttime. The soft glow of the bulb was done using dry pastel. 

I did it in twenty minutes, which explains the rather crude strokes. I'm planning to make a more detailed and delicate watercolor based on this sketch sometime soon. 

Miniature doodle note-books and craft paper

 I made these doodle sketch books and note papers last weekend. The last post was about the mess that led to these creations. It all started with a desire to experiment with the plastic wrap and salt techniques. I had some good quality architect paper which I used. The papers looked so bright that I was inspired to turn them into doodle note-books. 

For this one, I used animal doodles for the front and back cover. 

A small dialogue box. 

The other one is a more elegant, fantasy lemon tree ...

I still have a lot of these patterned paper left. I'm stacking it for future use :D
Paper craft is so much fun, even though it means a looong clean-up session afterwards. 

I was about the throw the plastic bag I had used, when my husband said it looked like a body bag. And he took a series of body bag photographs :D

Monday, August 27, 2012

WOYWW 168: A very messy room

 Sometimes, when i'm in a very creative mood, I leave all my art supplies out. This is how my room looks at such times :)

I've been working on my art journal, making some craft paper, and tiny doodle note-copies. Haven't photographed them in detail yet. Here's a peek.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

On a working weekend ...

There's nothing quite as upsetting as a working weekend. However, I've made up for it by painting the lovely flowers in my vase today. I was doing it for the twenty minute challenge, however it took me about half an hour to get it done!

And I filled in a new page for the sketchbook challenge 2012. I wanted to do something spontaneous and reflective of my mood (lounging at home).

 And I bought this lovely candle holder, in-between my grocery shopping!