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Ponnu Paati

This is the portrait of my grandmother. Till now this has been the toughest portrait to pencil-sketch. But I love the end result. My mom says that it looks pretty real. So I am happy!!

– Shalini



My protrait

This is the first time I am trying out a self-portrait. And I made it from a photograph instead of the mirror. Now I am waiting for my biggest critic – my DH – to tell me his views on it. He has always been critical of my drawing (usually cartoons..) of myself. Well, I would have to agree with him, that they never really looked like me either!

– Shalini


This was my gift to Manu, for his birthday, this time (2008). I wanted to make something with my own hands, and sketching a picture of his was the best idea I felt. I also had to make sure that he didn’t know what I was upto. Anyway he hadn’t really seen any good sketch of mine. I know, your partner should be able to rattle this kinds of facts latest probably by the time your wedding gets fixed; but Manu just knew enough to say ,”She likes drawing… you know”!!

So this had to be the best idea ;). Well he liked it… he did!!

Hubby Sleeping

I had initially thought that today, being a Sunday, I wasn’t going to get any time to draw.. so I would make some good dish to kick start my Thing-a-day event. My brother has come over from Chicago for the weekend, and that naturally calls for some special sweet dish.. With all those thoughts in mind, I started the day today, which felt like a festival all of a sudden 🙂

Well, that was until now. We all returned home tired after a small outing with my brother. And then my hubby fell asleep with his laptop still on his lap.. And.. my brother fell asleep on the floor carpet. I am also feeling way too tired to start making a sweet dish. But my hubby provided me with such a lucrative pose to sketch.. And next I knew, I had sketched him in a quick 15 min.


I had a feeling that the eraser was stuck somewhere near him (which is now confirmed); so whatever I could draw I did!! Adding on to it, I discovered that a 6B pencil can be avoided as much as possible when you are doing a quick sketch over a small area!  But that’s what my tired (or lazy) self could find readily nearby.