Archive | November, 2008

wrong questions for right answers

25 Nov



drawing classes and the untrained eye

17 Nov

some more old drawings –

but these are not mine. Today, this boy is grown up and has his own business of travel agency.

It was 1995-96, in my final year at NID,

It had all started when on a hot summer afternoon, Himanshu and me were having bun butter at Delight bakery round the corner from NID. One gentleman approached us and asked whether we were from NID. On responding affirmatively, he wondered if we could teach drawing to his son (who was in class 6). We went and met him. Told him a rather funny amount ( which we thought was bizarrely high in those days), but he agreed.

And thus started the drawing classes which later scaled up to teaching him Science and Maths too.

here are some of his drawings – so fresh no? Just look at the quality of the strokes.



BTW, Himanshu, went on to train himself in basic armed defence. He used to attend the basic rifle course at Khanpur in the evenings, while I used to walk down to Paldi Bhatta every evening to give tutions. Himanshu is now in the advertising industry somewhere in the US.

Of course, the monthly earnings of Rs. 650 in those days was more than enough for me to take care of my monthly expenses.

smoking is injurious to health

16 Nov

While I am personally trying very hard to quit smoking, it is not happening. The Government of India has helped to some extend by legally banning the act of smoking in public, and it has helped reduce my consumption of the 78 mm long tobacco stick, I have not been able to get rid of it completely.

Found this illustration of a cigarette stub which was done during my students days (sometime in 1992-93). of course, those days I never used to smoke. I actually began my affair with the white stick sometime in 1998, and then quit for a while in 2000-01. But then again started during a workshop at Pachmarhi..

Old habits die hard, but some habits have to die…

This illustration is originally 10″ x 8.5″ on craft paper with poster colours and water soluble colour pencils.


a tribute to Van Gogh

15 Nov

This series of illustrations have been made over the last 15 years, as my tribute to Vincent Van Gogh and his work.


dated 2001 on yellow paper used for X-ray films


same time, same paper, normal felt pens and a gel pen


this one too – same time, normal felt pens

batik print on paper?

14 Nov

yes, I was talking about the limitations of software in the conceptualization process yesterday. Today I am sharing two of my older works ( dating way back to 1992-93).

These look like the done int famous batik prints style (resist dye on fabric using wax to retain the lighter colours), typical of West Bengal in India and parts of Indonesia. But they are not batik prints. these are on done on paper using transparent photo colours. How?

first see the illustrations –


and here is the second one –


Guess how these are created? the technique?

yes, those days we used to get a petroleum based adhesive which was sold by the name of ‘rubber solution’. Not the one used in the leather industry. that one is yellowish. This one was more whitish, slightly translucent and used to paste paper. The best part of this adhesive was that if you want paste the sheets while the solution is wet, it tends to stick permanently. And if you let the rubber solution dry before pasting, it used to be temporary – one could peel the sheets off and remove the rubber solution by merely rubbing your fingers over it.

yes, these illustrations were made on paper by replacing rthe wax ( on fabric) with rubber solution. The drawing was made using rubber solution in a bottle with a noozle. Once you have the basic drawing done, apply colour. then draw again the parts which you want to retain in that colour. once it is dry, colour it in the darker colour and so on and so forth.

Once the image is finalized, just rub off the rubber solution and the illustration is ready. Bingo !

some more old work coming up in the next post –

old is gold . . .

13 Nov

Browsing through my drawer in the office, i found an old work of mine. This was done sometime in 1997, for a report done by Unnati.

I still marvel at the hand drawn illustration and the simplicity of the concept brought out by the strokes.

Often I tend to wonder, what is technology doing to the visually creative? When I look around the work done by my students, a lot of it is actually defined by the limitations of the software they use. It is very easy to spot, whether they have used illustrator, or photoshop or corel draw. It is like the boundaries of creativity and the visual treatment are defined and limited by the kind of special effects a specific software has to offer.

Anyway, for the time being, enjoy the hand drawn cover page. It is done on tinted card paper using poster colour, intended to be printed in two colours using silk screen printing. I am surprised, the white has not lost its brilliance even after a decade!


old memories and new strokes

10 Nov

Last night, while hunting for a book for my elder son Divyansh, we chanced upon some old drawings of his. these were done when my nephews, Bobby (aged 10) and Nikku (aged 5) were visiting us in the winters of 2007. here are some of their work from that time – all of them are on cartridge paper. web-bobby-2007-dec

This was an illustration of a story which I was narrating to Bobby. The red marks are of course of the teacher in me!


This was Divyansh’s interpretation of the same story. Can you see the house in the green mist? he was using our good old poster colours and a round #10 sable hair brush


This one is Nikku’s interpretation of the same story. Of course they had a fight for the poster colours and the brush.. but in all they had a nice time.

that’s another story, that we never managed to locate the book we were looking for, as it was getting too late.