I got some feeback from Tom Richmond at his workshop when I wanted to do this a few weeks ago. So here it is completed (I think). This panel of drawing is an homage to the actor Rajnikanth (‘Thalaivar’ as he is affectionately called by Tamil speaking fans like me). Hopefully you recognize these avatars, I tried to capture him in six of his most iconic roles (according to me:)- they start with a comedic role in 1981, right up 2016 “Kabali Da”. Hope you like it!! If you, or a fan you know want a non-watermarked print, I can have a high-resolution A4 sized glossy print sent to you. Details are on my blog page-requestaprint
What a privelege it was to spend a few days with Tom, and a great group of cartoonists from as far away as Hong Kong. We spent Friday visiting his home and gracious family, and spent some hours in his home-studio where he demoed his techniques from inking to coloring etc. Great to see his studio and the mantle full or awards (including of course the 2011 Reuben award!- previous recepients have been other legends like Jack Davis, Mort Drucker and Bill Watterson).
We spent the next two days doing a LOT of drawings till my head hurt. He helped me see specifically the many areas I had to do a lot of work on. Here are a few drawings I did, I learnt to caricature babies, and try to be a bit braver with my exaggerations. The last couple of drawings might show signs of that.
After that a group of us caricatured each other posing for about 15 or 20 minutes. So here is a caricature Tom did of me. So this is what I really look like!! I put my picture right next to the life-size batman costume Tom has in his studio LOL. His work place is the funnest I have seen, I would never leave a studio designed like that. That is my template for a dream-studio some day.
Finally Tom helped me work on a top-secret project I am working on, I will unveil it sometime this year. Got a lot of pointers on how to make it happen. A clue is in the print he signed to me. I absolutely love his montage for characters that he does- especially of the Sherlock Holmes that I got home. Will frame it as inspiration in my home-office.
So that was my weekend! I cannot wait to do some drawings, but this month is a really busy work month. So once my scientific grants are done, time for a lot of drawings!
Did a few more sketches around town today. The only person who caught me sketching was the little red haired kid on the other side of the sofa, we just kept peeking at each other while I drew his mum. I rather like how the snow-haired gentleman’s expression came out, he had this good-natured serenity about him which I hope one acquires with age. The black gentleman wearing all black was quite striking to look at…was a bit hard capturing him. This weekend I’m off to Minnesota for a workshop, I have an interesting drawing project in mind which hope to share when it is complete. Have a good week!
Happy Teacher’s Day! In India we celebrate it to commemorate Dr. Radhakrishnan’s birthday. I did this caricature about a year ago, thought I would post it on the blog. A special thanks to all my teachers
Grocery shopping days are a good drawing-day for me… since my wife lets me sit at the adjoining cafe. I’m really grateful for that. The gentleman reading the newspaper was a fantastic model, he hardly moved so I could actually finish the entire drawing quickly. I was in half a mind to show my sketch to him as I liked how it turned out. How someone else sees you is so different than what you think you look like, and it is not always reassuring I guess. Tom Richmond (whose workshop I going to on the 16th) is going to do a caricature of attendees there (including yours truly), I’ll post it and see how I feel about it …. serves me right.
I wanted to practice drawing some faces today, but also invoking a recent inspiration from the work of the Canadian artist Scott Waters (http://www.scottwaters.ca/). His portraits using black ink are absolutely haunting to my eyes (they are on his tumblr page). I was on google reading something about New Delhi and came across a link with these two interesting faces, probably from the area. So here are my renditions using fountain-pen black ink.
I love drawing elderly men. There were two gentlemen who caught my eye today- the first one was reading a newspaper, I hardly see that anymore, just cell phones and more cell phones. The second man wore the brightest colors, rocking large purple head phones and a big white watch, walking very slowly towards the counter. I was wondering if it was a second end/mid-life crisis. Hope I get to have one of those… as soon as I deal with the first one.
To my non-Indian friends and bloggers, this is a mouthful I know. But today is a famous Indian festival in celebration of Krishna. Lots of sweets! The story goes that he was very fond of fresh butter as a kid and would cause a lot of trouble for his mom trying to steal some from the kitchen. The cartoon I drew shows his stealing some, but with the help of a more hi-tech solution, don’t know why I found that funny, but am posting it anyway.
Bismillah Khan (21 March 1916- 21 August 2006). I came across a homage to this revered musician today, and was so moved by his graceful and joyful presence. I wanted to draw this as my little homage too. He represents the best of our culture, as a pious muslim, he was also a shehnai player player at the Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi. He received the ‘Bharat Ratna’. I did not know this but, on India’s independence,15 August 1947, he performed at the Red Fort right after the Nehru’s speech.
Sakshi Malik, an indian wrestler made us all proud and won a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics. She sounds like a remarkable young woman who overcame all kinds of odds in a very patriarchal society, this is very inspiring and makes one optimistic. So in her honor, I did a quick sketch while watching the closing ceremony tonight.
I saw a couple of huge elderly bikers getting coffee today, their T-shirt said RIP city riders (must be a club in town), and all kinds of patriotic things on their T-shirts I think. I wish I could have sketched their bikes too, maybe next time… if they let me.