Category Archives: Pencil & Chalk

First Commissioned Drawing

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2013-09-19

This is a 5×7 drawing on Strathmore Bristol Vellum. It was my first time drawing stubble, tattoo’s, and gelled male hair, so it was an enjoyable challenge :)

This drawing was commissioned for a friend of a friend of a friend :) I would like to personally like to thank Suji for spreading the word about Srisarts, and I hope this drawing finds a happy home!

Toronto Skyline in pastels

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Using 6″x8″ Canson Watercolor paper, Nu Pastels, and black acrylic paint, I created a simple Toronto Skyline.

The first time I finished it, I decided to spray it with protective spray, and it completely destroyed it! Ironic, but a lesson well learnt. I had to actually redo it, which ended up pretty quick the second time around. Here’s a picture of the ruined version.

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Tomorrow I leave Toronto behind for a vacation to London and Paris! Keep checking srisarts.tumblr.com for photo updates :)

Peru Inspired Birthday Card

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Two weeks ago, I was all packed and ready to go for my one week adventure in Lima, Peru. It was my first trip to South America, and also my first official work trip! With so many work obligations and things to see, I only managed to find a few hours for shopping in the “Indie Market” to pick up a couple of gifts for my family & friends. Lima was absolutely beautiful! The weather was in the mid 20’s with a cool ocean breeze. I had mangoes with my breakfast every morning, and I had an amazing time practicing Spanish with all the locals :)

The week I landed also happened to be one of my friend’s birthdays :) I decided to whip up  a quick Peru Inspired card to match the Peruvian inspired scarf I got her. Today also happens to be MY birthday! So Feliz Cumpleanos to me as well ;)

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Goddess Saraswati

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A wise uncle said something to me last month that really stuck. He said “When you have a talent, it is something that you have been blessed with.  The second you think that a talent is yours, it’s lost.” The word he used to describe it was “vinaya”, meaning humility.

It was shortly after that day that I started drawing Goddess Saraswathi, the goddess of knowledge. I don’t know if these two incidences were correlated, but I thought I would share the story nonetheless.

Random Updates:

This week has been a busy one! I am singing for another Bharathanatyam Arangetram on Saturday, so my schedule is full of orchestra rehearsels, raagam sessions with the paati, and delicious South Indian food. It’s definitely a very unlikely time for a blog update, but I was able to free up some time by forgetting to do my Spanish homework :P

Saint Thyagaraja’s Birthday

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Yesterday, Saint Thyagaraja would have turned 245 years old. Thyagaraja composed 1000’s of Kritis, and each year we still honour his contribution to Carnatic Music at our annual Thyagaraja festival.

He, along with his contemporaries Muthuswami Dikshitar and Shyama Shastry, forms the Trinity of Carnatic music.In 2007, around the time of my first Carnatic music concert, I had drawn a picture of the Trinity.

I drew this using lead pencil on card paper that we got in bulk at Chapters. :P Clearly, I was not introduced to the excitement of cool arts products yet.

Floral Card with Nu Pastels

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I decided to play around with my box of Nu Pastels and bright orange toned paper. Though I’ve often seen many colours used on toned paper, I somehow like the monochromatic look.

Here it is :)

This month has been hectic and fun! There’s been something happening on each day of the weekends and I’ve been spending very little time at home. On the weekdays I’ve decided to pick up my singing practice which I neglected in December. Needless to say, my arts has been put on the back burner. However, next month my sister and I are heading to Singapore on a 1.5 week vacation! We have decided to make a few bracelets for the family there, and I will be posting that soon :) Also, I hope to get back into my Oil Painting Lessons in March!

Another Birthday Portrait

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After the portrait I drew for a friends birthday in September, another friend wanted one for himself! I brought out my pencil and bristol vellum paper to try and make it happen. Ivan’s birthday was this past weekend and he was surprised that I remembered his request. The surprise may have also had something to do with the surprise party and the 3 playstation games we gave him.

Enjoy :)

Monkeys in Residence

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During my first year of university,  I had two roomates and one of them LOVED monkeys and soccer. Whenever I was bored and I had a pencil in hand, she would usually say “draw a monkey!”

Here are two of the drawings I made over the year. The first one is a “Sri” monkey, with the #9 representing my birth date. Of course, the Sri monkey would completely miss the ball. The second monkey is a monkey we all know! It’s curious George of course.