B. R. Panesar – Passing into Oblivion


What a waste of artistic talent – that too in a medium in which hardly anyone works in India…on B. R. Panesar – collage maker, painter…through memories of his former student Soumadeep Sen.

Panesar (photo courtesy: http://www.artofbengal.com)

Panesar (photo courtesy: Telegraph)

Originally posted on aainanagar:

Soumadeep Sen

Soumadeep is a software professional and has spent considerable time delving into the world of fine arts. Currently, he resides in Bangalore with his family and is pursuing his interest in music with a band of his own.  

Fine arts was not one of my areas of interest. Can’t say for certain whether I still understand or perceive it but staying at YMCA, Calcutta – and the constant exposure to people that were naturally gifted to appreciate art, did raise my interest quotient for finer things in life and so I too acquired a taste I must admit.

The initial few months at YMCA were more of getting through the daily chores – it was mostly eat-work-sleep and the cycle seemed to have repeated itself over and over again. With a few exceptions of course, hitting the movie theatres on weekends, listening to music, reading books or the not so exciting…

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My dear artists 5 – Sudha Pillai

When I thought of featuring My Dear Artists for the first time, the aim was to proclaim my awe and respect towards my friends, or associates, who turned out to be amateur artists – and very good at that, and whom I met through professional or personal channels that had nothing to do with art. As it turns out these days, internet is prevailing over even my own little privy hall of fame, and I sometimes wish to include names, with whom I have not shared a smoke, or a trek, or a day out to an exhibition; but whom I nevertheless like to think of as my associates, or more precisely web-associates, whom I have met through social networks or blog surfing. Finding a new artist – irrespective of her already existing fame or the lack of it – in a remote blog or a deviantART page or such like, following an artist’s work over months in the web, suddenly stumbling upon her work in a physical space – a magazine, or a gallery with a flash of recognition – a combination of all this gives me such a columbus!

Superavana : scribble by Sudha Pillai

Sudha Pillai and her scribbles have been a source of great joy to me for the last few months. Journalist, writer, photographer, audio-visual medium expert Sudha currently is the Features Editor at Bangalore Mirror (Times Group) and a voracious scribbler through one of her Facebook pages.

Other side of the rainbow : scribble by Sudha Pillai

Last December, couple of her pieces – `Burden’ and `Mundane’ got me hooked to her page. `Burden‘ was a depiction of a squatting man with a hundred cobblestones closing in upon him from top – but with a hint of an upward gaze from below his hat – as if he has not entirely submitted to the crushing weight. `Mundane‘ was a checker-board decorated by trios of two adults and a child in each box with permuting genders – accompanied with the caption : It is the same with daddy-mommy, daddy-daddy or mommy-mommy. Which country allows a child to make such a decision on her own? Not ours! 

Here is Iron Chanu Sharmila -

Will the tube burn down the veil : scribble by Sudha Pillai

The narrative style and the strong, intricate lines in grey-scale in her drawings are confident and cognizant. It is often clearly a voice of a journalist – touching on issues such as yet another outburst of AAP racism by poet-leader Kumar Vishwas in Black and White or MP Home minister’s comment on safety of women in Chennai in relation to the amount of their body being exposed in public in White ribbon,  harassment of artist Balbir Krishan for being queer in Hangmen etc.

On the recent Birbhum Kangaroo court case -

Bobbit chop hang : scribble by Sudha Pillai

But what naturally attracts me most to her voice, is a blatant demand of just and equality for women. Majority of her work, which evolved from what initially looked like a beautiful hobby to the level of complete professionalism (with age, I am learning to use that word as a compliment) in past few months, are based on

No kissing – body for sale, soul is not : scribble by Sudha Pillai

The following one is a particular favourite of mine – because it is beautiful, and also I would like to think – because of being a student of V. S. Sunder - the wheelchair-revolutionary mathematician :

Sexuality – abled and differently abled : scribbles by Sudha Pillai

Can images be described in words, in captions? Can one learn a dance or a sports without actually moving a limb? Why do I try to do the same here for many of her pieces! This touches a tragic chord known as intellectual property (IP) rights, for most of the scribbles have already been sold out for personal collections. Generally in a situation like this, I would have liked to suggest – dear artists and buyers, make your creations and purchases available - in low-res., if you please - with a (c) for the artist and possibly a (b) for the buyer, for the rest of the global (a)udience, so that all the parties involved can achieve their chosen share of possession, appreciation and web-immortality – everything that we all crave for in some or other form. However in this case, it would be easier for an interested art appreciator to make herself available on Fb and explore Scribbles by Su (strongly recommended). And while at it, why not also take a look at White Clouds  to check her other interests out – writing, photography and what nots…

In spite of the disagreeable IP rights, when an artist comes forward to make her art available to the web-audience, a warmth glows with full spectrum of the colours of life, through the fragmented world of rights and wrongs – blacks and whites – as I relish the thrill that the artist I admire so, in turn admires an artist I have admired since forever I started looking at paintings at all. Thanks and cheers to Frida and Sudha -

Bindaas Frida : scribble by Sudha Pillai

P.S. This is as low-res. as I could make myself get with the goddess! :)

Mademoiselle Laocoon

Random drawing (gimped) sort of inspired from Laocoon and his sons and vaguely from Saturn devouring his son though it’s not clear who is devouring whom in this one, or if anybody is devouring anything at all for that matter.

Or, like a friend of mine commented – ‘I really like the Laocoon etc… Tho’ to me it looked like Kali ma first and was wondering why shiv is running away and looking so small!’


Mademoieselle Laocoon

After finishing this I got obsessed with Laocoon for a while and saw these various awesome reproductions based on Laocoon here, here, here and here.

Here is the rough version of the drawing and I in fact prefer this one; the upward face looks more upward-like (it was bit of an effort to get there, and then screwed it up later somehow) and in any case my sense of colour sucks etc.

mademoiselle laocoon unplugged


More probability talks last week. I’m growing to like them! For example the one on alleles, which are like stuff that make people different from each other etc. – pretty cool and all. Who knew math and bio had all these mutual applications and shit!

In many ways the talks are very liberating.

However these are couple of drawings I made during the talk.

when end up having unbiological children


alleles are as individualistic as we come

While uploading this post, I found this sweet website of cartoons on biology – specially this one on alleles. Also, here is a nice cartoon on lethal alleles that I found in a blog post by the warak warak method.


Animal Doodles with the Kid


Mica Angela Hendricks is surely one of the most delightful moms I’ve ever seen. I got hooked to her blog since I came to see this post and have immensely enjoyed every single project she has posted about. And of course what wonderful paintings! I’m a complete fan now.

I mean come on! I’m deprived, okay? Here is a glimpse of my mom for example -

Doesn’t look very friendly, does she? However I wish I could go back and do some such cool projects with her!

Originally posted on busy mockingbird:

So we’ve been drawing animals lately, my daughter and I…

speedy turtle-e

After the post about the collaborative illustrations I did with our 4-year old daughter lit up, I was flooded with a ton of wonderful, inspiring ideas from people all over the world. Make some kid ones!  Make some happier ones!  Make one that looks like your daughter!

And we did.  And we had so much fun.  The thing is, when we made them the first time, it’s not something that was very well-planned out.  It happened initially by chance.  It was, as Bob Ross said, a “happy accident.”  We did it for fun, just because it was something we loved to do together.

But sometimes I found myself trying very hard to draw faces that I thought people would like.  As an illustrator, I am VERY comfortable working with other peoples’ ideas.  But when I try too hard on my…

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