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To kill time while commuting to/from office I use to watch movies in my mobile. But sometimes I don't feel like watching anything. Once I saw a co-passenger doing something with a stylus in his Galaxy pad, I got inspired and downloaded a sketching app called 'Sketch Guru'. I kept making sketches with fingers for a while. Once I got the feel of digital sketching, I bought a stylus pen and made few sketches which even I like. Here is the collection of sketches made till date.

Click the image to see the sketchesHai Guys, after a long time I tried my hand at sketching. It happened during a boring office meeting. I sketched Buttu seeing his photo in my mobile. Even though it was a single attempt without using any eraser while sketching, I can't say that it was a good one. I was happy when Akila realised that the sketch was Buttu. Her only comment was thet Buttu looked "elder" in my sketch. The second sketch in the blog was made by Akila when she was pregnant with Buttu. My mother in law said that it was surprising that Akila who didn't even draw her school assignments, made this sketch. I told Akila that I am sincerely praying for a baby girl but she drew a "My Boy". At the end God had answered her prayer and Buttu sometimes resembles the photo which Akila took as reference for sketching. These sketches are now for your viewing!!! Click the thumbnail for viewing them.

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Hai Guys, Our Vasuki Ma'm is planning a Thangka Painting workshop, which is a Tibetian form of art with profound Chines influences thus forming an intresting convergence of cultures. The workshop is planned at her Eenjambakkam residence for 5 days (in her own words -' continous five days is not compulsory , you can attend it with break here and there if needed ') starting from 16th Dec '09 to 28th Dec '09. The workshop costs Rs. 3500/- inclusive of the materials. Having done a couple of workshops with her I can vouch for her that she sees to it that the participants were taught the background of the art, its finer details like style and strokes along with the techniques so that the participant understands why he/she is made to draw in such way. Our Kerala mural batch enjoyed some intresting conversations with her. Mrs. Vasuki can be reached directly through email at - vasuki.lv (at) gmail.com or by phone - +91-94448-01432. Incase you couldn't reach her, contact me through the contact form so that I will pass the contact details to her. - {oshits} views

Madhubani PaintingIt was the sheer co-incidence that I saw the advertisement on Indian Express as well as the boredom of staying in Chennai on the weekends that made me attend the Madhubani Painting workshop in Dakshinachitra. To be frank I had no clue about what a Madhubani painting meant, until I googled for the same on the eve of the workshop. I would love to say that it made my weekend useful and better. I got exposed to an art that was sheerly purely the form of expression rather than going by and for rules of painting. I wanted to write about this painting on Sunday night itself but was having some other appointments and a subsequent mental block so that I couldn't read / write / paint anything. Atlast I am here to present this beautiful form of art for those who haven't heard about this. Madhubani paintings traces it origin to the Ramayana days - when King Janaka commissioned artists to do the paintings on the walls of the city to celebrate his daughter Sita's marriage. May be because of that Madhubani paintings have Sita as the main protagonist.

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