Posts Tagged ‘charcoal pencil sketch’

First Teaching Experience

August 17, 2015 Leave a comment

This post is different from my usual ones and i think is an important one for me. The “first” of anything is always exciting, and with respect to me, here in this space would be the first sketchbook, first sketch, first blog/blog post, first tanjore painting, first recognition. In that line of firsts, this will be the first time I taught kids to dabble with charcoal and sketching in general.

Its funny how it all started when I come to think of it. A good luck card for my friends kids dance recital,with a charcoal sketch, gets the kids attention & they want to see how its done. After couple of months on Aug 8 we make it happen. From left its the creative Brecklyn, cute Alex and curious Grace.

Kids with their first charcoal sketch

Kids with their first charcoal sketch

I was actually nervous as to what I am going to show & tell them. I have never interacted with kids in a teaching capacity. When i expressed my concerns to my wife, she said i overthought about it. My concern was “how am I going to cut across through them so they can relate to what I am talking about”. This whole experience was a philosophical one for me, in a way. For 2 -3 days I was thinking “what am I going to do” and I came up with different options in my mind and then started all over again.Confused.Then when I shifted the focus from “I” to “them” I got a clear picture, a message, a flow of thought. We had some fun time for little over an hour. They drew their own creation with just little facilitation.

Later my wife said she had never seen me this patient before. Hearing that was also new to me.

And the best part was the very next day, they drew their own creation and gave it to me as a gift.  From Left to right, Brecklyn with her elephant, Alex with a cat and Grace with a rattle snake. Thank you guys!!

Kids with their original art work.

Kids with their original art work.

My first serendipitous teaching experience was a fun and memorable one. Looking forward to more!!

Ballet meets Bharathanatyam

May 29, 2015 3 comments

Inspiration comes from different sources. This time it was an invitation for my friend daughter’s dance recital. Thats when I thought  about a fusion of east meets west. While both are dance forms, singling out a pose thats similar/same was a challenge for me. But thanks to internet & my wife, I was able to narrow down to a couple of poses. I wanted to do something that mirrored eachother and also complement eachother. Hence the yinyang sketch.






Che Guevara

July 19, 2010 3 comments

Here is my charcoal portrait sketch of a  stylized poster of  Che. The original photo was taken by Alberto Korda, in 1960.

Charlie Chaplin

June 30, 2010 6 comments

This sketch is another play on light and shadow.  The human brain can visualize missing information from incomplete cues. This when translated to drawing, means when given just enough cues about the subject, the viewer can envision missing parts. This viewer involvement in envisioning process makes it interesting for them.


1. Drawing on the right side of the brain, Betty Edwards

Weathering the storm

February 25, 2010 2 comments

You might have  heard about

Calm after storm


Calm before storm,

But when in the thick of things,

to survive, you need to

Weather the storm.

I present to you, the  fourth element of nature, WIND.


1. Drawing Scenary – Landscapes and Seascapes, Jack Hamm.


February 19, 2010 5 comments

After ‘the proposal’, it is just logical to follow up with getting ‘Hitched’… This is my take on the movie poster of “The Ugly Truth”.


The Proposal

February 13, 2010 9 comments

Yenna solla pogiraai???

In looking at  a picture, the viewer’s eye is unconsciously directed around the picture area by the arrangement of lines and shapes. By using directional lines, we can guide the viewer to what the artist intends to look them at, says Ron Tiner.  My interpretation is , if u see the path that i have shown they converge at a point, (at least in the figure). Here are two different people converging on a common point (love).  I wanted to publish this sketch today coz tomorrow is valentine’s day.


1. Figure drawing without model, Ron tiner.

Men in Black

February 7, 2010 4 comments

After  completing the sketch, I thought there is some similarity between the guys here (the one on far left and 3rd one from left) and comedians, Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien.  The feud between these two guys and the NBC associates is well known and publicized. Now that they have reached a settlement, it looks like these men in black are all set to brief the press.


1. Figure drawing without model, Ron Tiner.

Tranquil Solitude

January 24, 2010 6 comments

To quote Shelley, this  young woman is enjoying her ‘tranquil solitude’.

I just remembered the lyrics of a song from an old tamil movie “aadi peruku” which paints the sketch in words. The song goes like this

“Thanimailiye inimai kaana mudiyama…”.


1. Figure drawing without model, Ron Tiner

Niagara falls

January 10, 2010 6 comments

The next on my list of elements of nature is Water. This  is one section of the american side of the falls. The falls is not very high but very wide in expanse. The sky behind this giant cataract was purposely  drawn darker to emphasize the whiteness of water. The black rock and the trees offer further contrast to this white fury.  I did the sketch in charcoal.


1. Drawing Scenary – Landscapes and Seascapes, Jack Hamm.