Thursday, November 9, 2017

My Miniature Garden ideas and a November Calendar!

My baby sister is very passionate about miniature gardens and terrariums... and is pretty good at it.
Though I loved admiring all that she had made....but I never got bit by the bug.
Mainly because I didnt think I would be able to get the teenie tiny stuff, wherever back of the beyond world we lived in...and whether I'll have the patience to painstakingly make these tiny things.
But as one of our senior ladies of the station was leaving and she was pretty keen on plants and bonsais... I thought why not do something for her that she will remember!
So we bought a pretty, miniature Bougainvillea grown on a rocky bed... and asked the nursery chaps to lay in the moss and give some miniature mushrooms/birds to decorate with...
Took it home and started on a log cabin made out of twigs stuck on a tiny toothpick box...
got my Fevicol and my glue gun out and got started.
The little log cabin sat very well among the greenery with a white pebble pathway.
It was quite a task making it and the tutorial on how to make it will follow on the blog soon.

And then I thought why not make a tiny little chair as well?
There was an icecream stick that I used as a base to stick the twigs on... glued on the front legs first, and then the back legs were glued, which also go up to form the back rest of the chair....
Its a little untidy in a close up because you can see the glue, but looks cute when put with the surroundings.

I loved painting the cute little welcome sign on it, hung on a couple of twig poles.... I think it gives a nice look to the whole miniature garden feel.
The two little near the chair and a couple near the welcome sign complete the picture...

The nursery had also given a little rock stuck with 3-4 lady birds moving in a line...
So I thought why not add a little sign that says... "ladybird crossing"?
I saw it somewhere on Pinterest and I found the idea adorable.

Added a pretty little miniature plant to give a little foliage relief from the moss and the bougainvillea... And dont miss the tiny ceramic lantern hidden behind a tree. 

So this is how it eventually all comes together in the form of a cute little miniature garden....

I hope you like my little project, which unfortunately is being given away as a gift...
Though I am inspired enough to make another one for myself soon...
Will keep y'all posted! :-D

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Last two days of the INKTOBER 2017 frenzy!

I know, I know...October is long over, in fact its the 5th of November already and my monthly Desktop calendar is not yet made...
And I forgot to put up the last two Inktober 2017 drawings that I made...
They were up on my Facebook Page and my Instagram link, but somehow the blog lay forgotten!
The month of Inktober went by in a flash... and I am soooo glad that I took up the challenge.
Inktober I certainly hope to catch you again next year with a bit more ideas and a lot more better preparation.
But it was SO much fun!
Trying out new techniques, ideas, compositions and a few more things that I was a little apprehensive to touch!
Its been a learning month and I hope to continue with my upward curve, inshallah!
I will be putting up a YouTube video of the sketchbook and also link up here.
Stay tuned.

The Inktober Day 30 was a spooky pumpkin and a scaredy skeletal cat for Halloween...
Didnt want to make the usual gore and zombies....

and the last one, my finale seemed only appropriate to make a Scorpio woman as I am one too!
"She is mysterious, dangerous and extremely loyal...
She is a whirlwind of chaos, but she is so damn passionate that she is worth the hurricane!"
My finale as I bid adieu to Inktober-2017

Monday, October 30, 2017

INKtober2017-Days 27 to 29

I have tried a lot of different things and styles in these 3 illustrations.
The Day27 of October, aka Inktober was a Friday, so the obvious choice was a Fashion illustration.
Seeing I was craving for a cuppa coffee...I instinctively made a coffee mug illustration as well with the brown Rotring ink and black waterproof ink.

And then onto the freedom I feel while making ART!!
Did some hand lettering after ages... in fact since College days and it was pretty therapeutic while listening to Dire Straits and lettering with concentration.

A different sort of playing cards has been on my mind for a long time and though I had a rough idea of what I wanted... it took some trials and errors to get this sketch on paper.
Its still not nicely balanced out and not very neat, but then its on paper, not digital.
But I will definitely get around to doing a digital version of this pretty soon.
 So an inky Mughal Queen of Hearts for you, my peeps!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

INKTOBER 2017 illustration catchups! from a Tiger to a Witch.

I know I should be updating these here on my blog as diligently as I do on my Instagram account and my Facebook Page, but I somehow postpone and postpone till I have a BIG catching up to do finally on my blog!
But better late than never...
Here is a weeklong catching up to do on the blog of all my inktober drawings that have been done post Day19..... aka the Catwoman pin-up
For more INKtober 2017 drawing just head onto my Instagram account or maybe just type inktober on the search link located at the top right corner on the blog.

Anyhow... Day20 of INKTOBER 2017 was a Friday... hence a bit of Friday Fashion was required!

INKtober Day21 was all Sepia toned.
I had discovered a bottle of brown Rotring ink in a long forgotten pencil case and was itching to try it out for a portrait.... and also give a break to the monotony of just black and white images that I have made during the last three weeks!

With Halloween fast approaching Day 22 was for a witchy witch... loved making the background and the foreground pumpkin...
Also the graphic element of think lines versus the thick stripes and the contrasts of the stark blacks and whites!

Day 23 and I was still in the costume- Halloween mode....
why not a cute little pin-up drawing of WonderWoman for today?

Day 23 was a bit Japanese inspired, I think?
I remember seeing this kind of illustration on the internet sometime back and though I forgot to download it for future reference... it kinda stuck with me.
I remember a side profile with straight hair flowing down and a flower in the hair.
Did a bit of stippling (shading with dots) on the shading of the face for some relief.

Day 24 was for Tiger stripes....
I had completed this illustration with normal brush on the stripes...
not much detailing, but it didn't speak to me...
So to make it more interesting, I thought why not go the Zentangle route?
I was as it is, wanting to make one more Zentangle art before the Inktober marathon got over and I get back to my normal style of illustrations....
so a Zentangle Tiger it became.

Day 25 was again inspired by an artwork off the internet with this same quote...
but the illustration was kinda boring.
So I want ahead, kept the quote and made the illustration a bit more flowy and happy and in the mood, if you know what I mean??
I kinda like how this one has turned out.....

So thats all for last week's Inktober catching up.
will try hard to be more diligent with my updates.
I hope you all liked the different styles, moods and themes that I tried to capture during this month.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

INKtober2017 Day-19...Catwoman


INKtober 2017 day-17, 18,

Happy Diwali folks...
Been keeping up with the INKtober challenge and enjoying every moment.
Learning every moment.

A Happy Diwali to all of you....
I wanted to make an earthy and ethnic illustration for Diwali and this seemed just right!

Day 17: My dilemma every morning when faced with a blank page or a canvas....
So what do I make today?

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

INKtober2017 catchups... from owls to portraits to fairy homes.

Inktober 2017...Day-13 to Day-16.
I have a lot of my plate...
The Military Station where we are posted is really busy socially with a lot of dignitary visits and Coffee Mornings, Ladies Clubs events... esp. this month.
So it has gotten a little overwhelming for me to take out even a couple of hours every day and churn out my INKtober drawings.
On top of that my freelancing work is also on... though in spurts!
So life is getting a little overwhelming but I don't want to quit INKtober when trying to participate for the first time....
Not when I know that I need this "me" time when I can connect with the basics of Art, and get the rust out of my hands... and I can see my work improving day-by-slow-day....

So here is the Day-13.
I wanted to draw a well etched, detailed lion but by the time I was half-way through the sketch, I lost interest and ended up drawing a cute little owl.

DAY-14- A Graphic Art Portrait.

Wanted to make another real graphic illustration... lots of solid blacks and whites and stripes and solid line work.
I kinda like how this has come about... the pretty face as well as the rendering!

DAY-15.... Looking for the elusive inner peace.
Life can get overwhelming sometimes.

DAY-16... A teensie little Fairy House.

Friday, October 13, 2017

INKtober2017: Day12 Game of Thrones!

My Thursday prompt for myself is "fantasy" and last week I had drawn a mermaid...
I got a request from one of my dear friends to draw a Game of Thrones character this time...
And my nerdy self did a hallelujah coz I absolutely love the books and am obsessive about the TV series... I am in love with ALL the characters!
Well the character I find most interesting (to draw) is smokin' hot Drogo!
With his kohl lined intense eyes... grim expression, long braid and the rippling muscles.
He was straight out of a graphic novel and I had soooo much fun making him with all his muscles and intensity with a younger Danerys and a dragonish circle as the backdrop!

Mayb before the month ends I might do another GOT fan-art...
I think I just might!
Do let me know how you liked it :-)

and here's a closer look!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

INKtober 2017- day 10 and 11. cross hatching trials!

I was pretty confident of my cross hatching (drawing with crossed lines) and strippling (shading with dots) skills earlier, right after Art college, but its been sooooo long now, that my drawing skills seem to have gotten rusty.
Its quite difficult to get the lines to follow the contours of the face/body etc., now.
I'm trying harder, more deliberately, and its nor coming naturally...
But then this is what my INKtober is all about... to relearn the old techniques and keep trying out something new.
So even though I am not really happy with my lines... they are too amateurish, I will hopefully get there. inshallah!
And so, here are my INKtober Day 10 and Day11.
A sketch of a prancing horse and a sassy smokin' babe.

Can you see the "minute" improvement in my cross hatching lines??
can you??? teensie bit?
From the horse to the badass girl??
Look closely...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

INKTOBER 2017- Day 9..cross hatching

My Inktober is jinxed.... Yesterday my dog, Simba chewed up my sketch book... So most of my earlier Inktober drawings became half eaten rags.... I was too pissed off to do any work yesterday.... Today I painstakingly taped the sketchbook back together.... then completed yesterday's pending drawing... Tried photographing it...
Artistically putting my ink bottle and pens on the sketch.
Before I knew it, Simba sa'ab walks by again, swishing his tail... And plop goes the ink bottle.
I didn't realise that he had chewed up the ink bottle too, and thus making the lid loose! And my sketch becomes a blob of black ink!!!
So lesson learnt... Keep away from inks and just use ballpoints and markers.
Ink bottles are not meant for careless people like me.... And who have a dog with an artistic temperament.

So from this...

It goes to this.... in matters of seconds.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

INKtober2017- DAY-8: Karvachauth Coloring Page

Its Karvachauth today...
A day when married women of India (esp of the northern belt) dress up in their bridal best, keep a day long fast without food or water, and pray for the long life of their love.
So today's Inktober2017: Day-8 is dedicated to these beautiful ladies.
And there can be no better way to keep yourselves occupied when hunger pangs are making you irritable.... than to take out the color pencils and get coloring!
This is a high resolution image to download, print and color.
And enjoy!!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Fashion for your Friday: INKtober Day-6

INKtober Day-6

I like the pose but I am not too happy about the hand holding the cigarette holder...
I realised later that the fingers are wrong, but then they were already inked in....
so cant change anything now! :-/
(Painted with ink and brush)

A recap of INKTOBER 2017 -5 Days!!

Inktober 2017 is going full on and boy am I busy!
A few Fauji commitments (its a horribly busy month), some work commitments, a lot of things to plan and execute in the house and also in terms of what I plan on doing professionally.
And the INKtober challenge that I have taken up... for the first time!

nervous? you bet....
Excited.... OMG!!
and soooper charged up.
And I am not going to give up mid-way or have a burn out as many do....
I have taken on a weekly prompt that will give me ideas on what to make on a Monday, Tuesday, etc.
I will try out as many styles and techiniques that I can in these 31 days....
And hopefully grow as an artist...
hop on for this roller coaster ride and see how I challenge myself and try out different things.
some may be good... while many may be horrendous, but they will all be definitely be fun to do.

So for DAY-1 (INKtober2017)
A quick... shadowey image that didnt take too much time. 
Waterproof ink and brush!

DAY-2 (INKtober 2017)

Not really happy with this one because I was travelling and just had my notebook+pen+a grey Copic Marker which turned out to be a dark grey rather than a soft grey.
And I was in the mood to give a bit more detailing and maybe a lighter wash of grey!
Though I am quite happy with the quizzical expression.

DAY-3 (INKtober2017)

I am not into doing a lot of tiny detailing in my work....But this month is all about working out of the comfort zone. So 3rd day was #Zentangle 
I have never tried it before and by the time I finished my fingers were tired. but it was fun! 
Made with a black ink pen and a marker.

DAY-4 (INKtober2017)

A quick drawing today from the streets because the prompt of today was street folks.
this was a photograph from the internet and i wanted to sketch it. I am pretty happy with how it came out. Its made with a pencil underdrawing and just ink and a fine brush. Not marker or pen. 


DAY-5 (INKtober 2017)

Today's self-prompt was "fantasy" and I was really keen on trying out at least one inky mermaid this month, so here it is. I wonder what she is thinking?

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

October 2017: INKtober fun!

INKtober is an online annual challenge to ourselves as artists.
Its taken up by comic artists and illustrators and art students from all over the world in the month of October.
Though it was originally created by an artist called Jake Parker in 2009 as a challenge for himself so that in the month of October he would put up a daily drawing on social media platforms... he would use only ink, i.e markers and pens and brush to draw and in the process go back to the basics.
But this amazing challenge has taken off, and how!!
It becomes an annual phenomena in the art world and everyone who can, jumps in, critiques and shares the ones that they like the most!
In this time of Digital Drawing, going back to the basics is very important...
To put pen and pencil to paper and then ink it in... with no scope of correction as in the digital art.
Its scary, but a whole lotta fun!
And all the more fun when u have updates coming from all corners of the world... each one's style is different... and there is soooo much to learn from just sharing and observing.
I have been following INKtober for the past 3-4 years but couldn't muster up the courage to join in...mainly because I was usually travelling or was too busy with some project or the other.
but honestly?
because I was chicken!
I didnt think I would be able to follow through... finish the full 31 days challenge.
And as it is all done in public view, as in, on all the social media platforms: from Twitter, to Facebook to Instagram...
One feels scared of giving up midway and losing steam.... and hence losing face.
But this time, bcoz I know I am going to be in one place, I am taking up the challenge.
Though October, socially is going to be a pretty hectic month for me... I think I can stick it out!
Do wish me luck.

So this month's October Calendar is dedicated to my fascination with the black ink...
INKtober it is!

I will be posting the other drawings that I have done... today being the third day of Inktober in the subsequent posts.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Tuesday Tips: A career in the Artistic Field-Decoded

I am the eldest of 6 children, belonging to a somewhat conservative family( though my father was pretty relaxed about his rules as long as we knew our boundaries) and my mom mostly bore the brunt of letting her daughters spread thier wings and fly... but he always played along, thank God!
Which was a big thing a couple of decades back when girls even thinking of getting a job were heavily frowned upon... 
But as the first child to flex her wings... I had quite a struggle to get where I wanted to, with no one to charter the direction or give me options....And there was no Google to help me out!
Having secured a high percentage in my 10th exams, my father was ecstatic that bas! This daughter of mine is good enough to become a doctor.
No matter how much I protested that I wanted to become a Fashion Designer (that was the only career I knew that let you draw and sketch)...
So science stream in 12th it was!
But in my 12th, I studied biology less and practiced my art more. I kept sketching and drawing fashion figures and models and tried my hand at everything that I thought would get me through the NIFT entrance after my 12th.
With no one to guide me as to what was required for the entrance.
And I had no idea whatsoever that there was any other college or any other stream that could take my love for art and turn it into a career!
I obviously couldn't crack the entrance exam for NIFT and obviously didn't go anywhere near to getting through the Medical Entrance!
My life was finished.
I was demoralised, dejected and resigned myself to doing English and hopefully become a teacher or a writer someday, much to the despair of my father.
He had finally realised that I didnt have what it takes to get through a Medical college, so henceforth should now start looking around for a suitable groom for his first-born, brilliant yet disappointing daughter!
but a chance meeting with a cousin of mine who was doing BFA (whats this?) got my hopes up and my creative antenna buzzing...
I appeared for the entrance, got through and was finally doing what I wanted to do... draw, paint, sketch, and lo and behold even had the option of a career after it.
I worked as a Graphic Designer, an Animator, a freelance illustrator and now a creative blogger!
So to bring this rambling of mine to a close... even though these days we have a plethora of choices in terms of career options and all the information is at our fingertips... parents and kids are still confused.
Which line in the Art Field is good or better? which pays more?
What colleges are there?
What if you dont become the next MF Husain? what do you do then?
If you are creative, you love to sketch and draw and paint...
There are loads of options open to you now.
And I'll break them all down for you:

The main Colleges of Fine Arts that you can apply for, are all here at this link:

so to choose exactly what kind of field you want to follow even in the Fine Arts or Design genre is quite a mind boggling task...
There are soooo many options to chose from.
If you are very arty... that is you want to only draw and sketch and paint...
well then a BFA from a Fine Arts College is the one for you.
even in that, you can choose between Painting, Scuplture, Printmaking, Ceramics
The above are all part of Painting and Fine Arts.
  • And with this behind you, you can hold Exhibitions of your paintings and sculptures, become an art Curator or an Art Gallery owner, an Art Historian, a Museum curator, a Museum Manager.
  • Or else do an MFA and become an Art teacher in a school or a College,
  • Do a further course and become a professor in an Art College.
  • Or else. advertise and network and take you own Art classes.

These Fine Arts Colleges also offer Applied Arts in BFA.
In this they teach you graphic design and illustration and photography.
With the Applied Arts degree, you can work in:
  •  Advertising Agencies as visualisers, illustrators and move onto becoming big-shot Art Directors or Creative Directors.
  • Another logical step you can take is to become animators... whether 2D or 3D. Animation is a BIG industry that is the backbone of today's advertising and movie making world.
  • Or else you can also venture out on your own as a freelance illustrator and book designer. The Children's Book Industry is also a very lucrative industry and freelancing gives you immense freedom to work on your own terms.
  • You can do a multimedia course and become a Web Designer- a very good option in today's internet dominated world.

Then there are Top Design Colleges that offer you everything in terms of design in all forms- furniture, product, industrial, Fashion... to name a few!
They are all at this link:

With degrees from the above mentioned top Design Colleges, one can become become a fashion designer and work in a Fashion House ,
  • Become a Visual Merchandiser that sources products etc. for various big companies.
  • A Fashion or an Accessories Designer.
  • Costume Designer, or Set Designer and you can work for movies and TV.
  • Display Designer or Exhibit Installer that work for showrooms and exhibitions.
  • Interior Designer has a lot of scope in today's homes and hotels.
  • Become a Furniture or a Product Designer..
  • Have a technical mind? Become an industrial Designer
  • Landscape Designer also has potential.
  • A Textile or a Leather Designer.
  • Toy and Game Designing in which you can design Video Games
Many of these institutes also have degrees in Film and Media as well, wherein you can learn film making and commercials.

Now that you know what varied courses are available in the Art and Design world, to apply for them one can prepare via taking cues from the internet or coaching institutes that actually prepare you for the entrance exam of these colleges. Not like me who went into it blindly!
But my two bit is that, yes... a degree from these colleges is like an entry ticket into this industry.
Its important.
But the Colleges themselves don't teach you much, other than the basics... 
What I learned on the job, while freelancing or working in the Animation industry is something that the colleges don't teach....
YOU have to strive... learn... learn from your peers, learn from the internet, and learn from your seniors.... but keep learning and evolving.
Try getting summer jobs during college in various advertising and design firms to se what works for you.
Dont stagnate. 
You might feel after joining an industry... that maybe this is not for you (like I felt when I worked in advertising).
Don't despair.... try another genre in the Art world.
Maybe that will work out for you?
And stick to the job if you are loving it, because nothing is better than to love what you do... count yourself lucky.

If you are the blessed few who have the choice of working from home, then try out these tips on How to Work from Home

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Saturday Art School: How to Draw Pikachu Pokemon

I am restarting my Saturday Art School from this week...
hopefully even though I do have my hands full, I will be able to keep up the consistency, if not every week, then at least twice a month at least.
Mostly because I do love making tutorials and also because I know the kids love it too!

so to start with, I'll make what my kids (my two boys) enjoy these days.
And its Pokemon.
whether its my 13 yr old or my 8 yr old... both of them love Pokemon, and even thier cousins.
So I guess it would be a popular thing to learn to draw?
and especially the Pikachu Pokemon...


 1. Draw a medium sized circle. This will define the face structure.
2. See how the Pikachu is tilted in the above colored drawing?   So to get the angle of the pose, draw a tilted vertical line cutting through the face circle like shown.
also draw a horizontal tilted line like shown in the circle that is cutting the circle again in half.

3. Draw an oval in the lower half of the Pokemon face and then the lower body shape like shown in the sketch.

4. Draw two lines emanating from the top of the head on on both side... see the angles shown in the drawing.
Also make the two lines tilted upwards which denote the arms with circles at the end.
See how the feet are made at the base of the drawing? Make them just like this... elengated and one end thicker than the other.
Draw all of them with a light hand (not too dark)

 5. Make the ear around the lines that you had drawn at the top of the head.
Join the line around the arms+hand circle that was made in the previous step, like shown.

6. Make the teenie tiny fingers and thumb around the hand circle like shown.
Then draw the legs on both sides of the body shape, joining the foot.

7. Erase the extra lines in the ear, hand and the legs like shown in the step below.

8. Now we come to the face... remember the lines that you had drawn in the face earlier?
That will help you in the placement of the features of the pokemon.
Just see the drawing and draw the eyes touching the oval of the face on both sides of the centre line of the face.
The tiny nose will go in the centre of the face just where the oval cuts the centre vertical line.
In the same way add the mouth and the cheeks like shown in the drawing.

9. Please remove all the extra lines that are there in the drawing, while checking in the image shown below. Make sure not to erase any important line.

10. Draw the zigzag tail of the Pokemon like shown in the image below. Make sure that the end of the tail is thicker than the base that is attached to the body.

11. Take a black marker/ Sketch pen and draw the outline of the Pokemon that you have made.
Color in the eyes and the tips of the ears.

12. Color your favourite Pokemon in its bright yellow colors and use it in your cards or display it in your home!

I hope you enjoyed this simple drawing tutorial and would like to leave a comment?
Also if you want some more kiddie tutorials or even adult tutorials on how to draw eyes, how to make a portrait, do visit here
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