Monthly Archives: May 2010

Jack Sparrow

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This is a recent drawing I did of Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean. It’s actually one of my personal favourites. I used to avoid drawing things with hair and fur (Some people are really good at it, I think it’s one of things they learn in those drawing classes I never took), and took this on as a challenge.

Interesting Story: I am very detail oriented, and when I draw, I get lost in perfecting the tiny details. The biggest surprise was the hand. I spent a long time getting the proportions and shading just right on the right side of his outfit, and didn’t realize that I was drawing his hand until I finished and took a second to look at the big picture.

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Pasupathi Tanaya

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For our annual School Show in Bharathanatyam, we always start the evening by a small Ganesha Invocation that I usually sing.

This year, I decided to try something a little different. Unfortunately, it turned out to be too ‘modern’ for starting a traditional program, but here it is.

Steve, the friend who I introduced just recently was on guitar for this collaboration.

Lyrics:

Vakra Thunda Maha Kaaya, Surya Koti Sama Prabha
Nirvigna Kurume Deva, Sarva Karyeshu Sarvadha

Pasupathi Tanaya, Bala Gajanana
Tum HoVigna Vinasha, Ganesha
He Siva Nandana, Bala Gajanana
Vidhya Buddhi Pradhatha
Mangala Kara He, Mangala Kara He
Sundara Bala Ganesha (Ganesha)

An Introduction: Stephen, and Hallelujah Live

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I met Stephen quite recently. There was a talent night within my faculty, and he was looking for musical accompanists. He asked me (and had NO idea who I was at the time) if I wanted to sing a song with him and another classmate, and I tentatively agreed. I had never sung in English before this.

Working with Steve was a lot of fun! Before he started his masters in Math, he traveled around the world, and spent some time in India. I had actually forgotten this fact, until he suddenly broke out into “Om Shanti Om” during our practice- Keyboard AND singing! His hindi is MUCH better than mine. (Though Steve claims “I don’t know about my Hindi being significantly better than yours though – now Tapori, that’s where I’m an expert”) He also traveled to Germany, France, England, and Switzerland following his graduation. This summer, he’ll be spending 6 weeks in China!

He trained in piano and organ through his childhood, and learnt the guitar own. He also recently started taking lessons in the violin. After his masters, he hopes to start his pHD in Mechanical Engineering. Apart from music, traveling and math, Steve also has an artistic hand, and has created some great ambigrams like the ones below (For Elyse Ross, Matt Coles, Srinithi, and Vero Rubio respectively) :

You’ll definitely hear his name again. Steve and I have many musical projects we hope to complete this summer which I will post on this blog. Or you’ll hear his name when he becomes famous.

Until then, here is a video of our talent night:

Edited to add:

It was brought to my attention that the sound quality on the video is very poor. I’ve attached a sound recording from our practice. This was one of our earlier trials, so Steve and I didn’t have our solo paragraphs at this point, but you can hear the piano, guitar, and Steve’s harmony much clearer in this version.

To record our practice, I used my Sansa Sandisk mp3 player. It always surprises me with its quality of recording, and served as a great mp3 player for many years before I finally caught upto the “i” craze this past February.

Lucky

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I started singing in english only in March 2010 thanks to an offer by a friend, and I spent a lot of time during my breaks at school trying different things out.

Here is a cover of the song “Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Calliat. I used this link for the karaoke, and I used audacity to record the karaoke off the website and add in vocals. The mike I used is the one that’s attached to my Lenovo ideapad. Very high tech, I know.

Enjoy!

Lyrics:

Do you hear me,
I’m talking to you
Across the water across the deep blue ocean
Under the open sky oh my, baby I’m trying
Boy I hear you in my dreams
I feel your whisper across the sea
I keep you with me in my heart
You make it easier when life gets hard

I’m lucky I’m in love with my best friend
Lucky to have been where I have been
Lucky to be coming home again
Oooohhhhoohhhhohhooohhooohhooohoooh

They don’t know how long it takes
Waiting for a love like this
Every time we say goodbye
I wish we had one more kiss
I’ll wait for you I promise you, I will

I’m lucky I’m in love with my best friend
Lucky to have been where I have been
Lucky to be coming home again
I’m lucky we’re in love in every way
Lucky to have stayed where we have stayed
Lucky to be coming home someday

And so I’m sailing through the sea
To an island where we’ll meet
You’ll hear the music, fell the air
I’ll put a flower in your hair
Though the breezes through trees
Move so pretty you’re all I see
As the world keeps spinning round
You hold me right here right now

I’m lucky I’m in love with my best friend
Lucky to have been where I have been
Lucky to be coming home again
I’m lucky we’re in love in every way
Lucky to have stayed where we have stayed
Lucky to be coming home someday

Ooohh ooooh oooh oooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
Ooooh ooooh oooh oooh ooh ooh ooh ooh

Mahatma Gandhi

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In December, this aunty that I know (who is an amazing artist) introduced me to something called “Tortillons”. They are rolled peices of paper that are used for smudging. She gave me a tortillon to try it out, and this was the result. I’ll post some of my older work, and you’ll definitely see the difference in the finish! If you are interested in drawing, go to any arts store and get a pack (They’re extremely inexpensive). You can also make your own by tightly rolling paper.

I once learnt in grade 9 art class that smudging isn’t real art, and everything must be perfectly shaded using light circular motions. But hey, I never said I was a real artist. And tortillons are available for a reason, right?

While drawing Mahatma Gandhi, I learnt something extremely important:  He actually has hair! I always thought he was bald.

The very beginning

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Hi, my name is Sri, and I am a 5th year university student. I have always been very artsy by nature, and this blog is to share the creativity.

This blog will mostly be filled with fine arts (sketches/ paintings) and light music (Hindi/english), both of which I am not trained in. However, I have been trained in Carnatic Music and Bharathanatyam for almost all my life, so being creative is definitely not new to me. I also have a lot of artsy hobbies, like jewelry making and henna that I really enjoy doing.

I hope you enjoy this blog :)