Portraits : Pencil and Pen & Ink

yet another attempt

Normally for my pen & inks I use the pen lightly to make a rough drawing before going in further to add the shading and edges.  While it is relatively easy to recover from the minor errors, others will have you wanting to start afresh.  After reading a few books on drawing with ink, I have been wanting to try a different method – by forming a faint, bare outline with a pencil as a foundation before proceeding to complete the drawing in ink.   With the plan that this outline can later be erased.  

Bearing that in mind I started the drawing below in pencil.  I was not happy with the initial outline and kept using the eraser to correct.   The new lines that I made didnt make me any happier and I realised that I needed to fill in a bit more to be sure that the initial drawing was correct.   When I reached that point I was half way there and would have had to erase a lot to get back to the outline stage.   Also wasnt sure whether all that erasing would’nt make the ink bleed.  I gave up and continued with the pencil.

pencil sketch

New methods and experiments also teach me about my way of working.  Here I have learnt that my method is such that I correct along the way and that I prefer the pen to the pencil.  An option which also allows the secret voice in my head to say that had it been with a pencil it would’ve been perfect!  A point that has been proved wrong here and I briefly wondered what the voice would say the next time  😛

I went back to my usual method of sketching with a pen last evening and I must say that I’m more pleased with this result.  The small voice still had the same message.  It just refused to acknowledge the presence of the drawing and said that the pen & ink would’ve been perfect had I used a pencil and that for a quick sketch this was perfect : )  Btw I spent a couple of hours on this pen & ink too!

yet another attempt

appologies for the photographs.  the support used for both are the same. it is actually a shade of  cream.  a bit more yellow than the first photo and lot less than the second.


Mr Bean at an Art Class

Mr Bean has never been one of my favourite shows and I usually avoid watching it. I preferred Rowan Atkinson in the Black Adder series and even in the Thin Blue Line.  All these I have watched because of a husband who is fond of Rowan Atkinson and his brand of humour.

One of the things that I enjoy most about surfing are the jumps.  I can keep myself busy for half a day or more from links found in one blog.  Take today for example, one link lead to another and having started from Making a mark I jumped to the Daily Painters Art Gallery and from there arrived at a post in the Painting a Day art blog.  While scrolling down looking at the art work I came across a post with this Mr Bean episode and was intrigued enough to have a look.  I’m glad I did as it had me in splits.   I was waiting to share it with my husband when he got home from work but he’d seen it on TV a couple of days ago.  He did wonder how I had got around to watching a Mr Bean video 😀 The things one does for love.  Keeping the link handy to watch again and if you’ve decided to watch, I hope you enjoy it too!

Opinion : Illustration Friday


In my opinion there’s a bit of George Bush, Alfred E Newman and traces of a beard in this sketch.  All not wanted and unintentional.


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Shubha Mudgal Concert

Shubha Mudgal

Shubha Mudgal burst into the Indi Pop scene in the late 1990’s and was a big, big hit.  The albums Ab ke Sawan and Pyar ke Geet are still amongst my faves.  I heard her first as an Indi Pop artiste and later learnt that she is a very good classical singer.  I’ve missed two of her concerts in the last five years.   Third time lucky I guess.  Got in by the early evening flight yesterday and made it in time to watch Shubha Mudgal perform at The Tolly.  What a voice!  What a fabulous treat!  And if you havent heard her sing before you can hear a bit of the song “Seekho Na” by clicking on the video below.

The pen & ink sketch above is supposed to be of her.  Didnt get much of a likeness though.

Update : It was pleasure to see Shubha Mudgal interact and connect with her audience and see another side to the artist during the show.  She is very articulate and has a good sense of humour.  She has been blogging for a while and you’ll enjoy the posts.  I only wish there were more!

Pretend : Illustration Friday


Pretend you’re happy when you’re blue
It isn’t very hard to do
And you’ll find happiness without an end
Whenever you pretend

Remember anyone can dream
And nothing’s bad as it may seem
The little things you haven’t got
Could be a lot if you pretend

And if you sing this melody
You’ll be pretending just like me
The world is mine, it can be yours, my friend
So why don’t you pretend?


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Vacant : Illustration Friday

Shades of Grey

Positions Vacant?  Unfortunately, this coming year this is going to be a well thumbed section in the newspapers.

The piece is titled “Shades of Grey” – don’t believe everything that you read in the newspapers.  As the first thought that came to mind when I saw the topic for the week was vacancies I couldnt resist using this.  : )

36″ X 30″ acrylic on canvas. Photo refs copyright Anil Advani.  Used with permission.


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Repair : Illustration Friday

Montype Expt 1
Monotype Expt 2

Results of a monotype experiment.  Problems caused by paper shake and then by some fast drying acrylic paint! : )  I have saved both thinking that I might try and repair them one day.


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Clutter : Illustration Friday


This scribble was made earlier in the day as part of a series of exercises based on the book “Mastering Composition” by Ian Roberts.  It seems to fit the definition of clutter [ fill a space in a disorderly way ] well.


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