23 June, 2007

Hidden skill




Cartooning has been my favourite hobby from childhood days. My dad was associated with Stationery and Artist's materials business and used to bring home lots of brushes and different kinds of pencils. I always had a curiosity on using them. Once he gave me few of them and asked to draw. He was very impressed and encouraged. The sad part is he did not live long to encourage me. He had brought home sketches of him drawn by famous artists like Latha ( who used to draw for historical stories in leading Tamil magazine) and Raakee who used to draw cartoons for Thuqlaq cover in those days. I was impressed by it and started showing interest on them. I admired many cartoonists work and if I had to mention Mathan was my favourite. Few friends jointly were involved in making a manuscript magazine in younger days. I was given opportunity to draw cartoons in that magazine. That was a field which I was keen but never had an opportunity to develop further. Once I started blogging, I was inspired a lot by Arvindh's drawings. Due to that I bought few sketch pencils and decided to scribble a few while travelling.
If the above picture resembles George Michael then, I need to agree yes I tried drawing him. If you do not feel so, forget it. It was just a practise after many years. The drawings below are some people whom I came across while travelling. You cannot draw everyone especially cartoons. There are few who will be having certain features which you portrait easily. These two gentlemen are someone who travelled in my compartment and I drew without their knowledge. Glad that I have found a way to spend my time while travelling.

Thank you Arvind! I also need to thank Narayanan Venkitu a fellow blogger and childhood friend who has been encouraging me to sketch. We need motivation at all stages isn't it?
Probably based on your comments I shall produce more for you!

21 comments:

arvindh said...

This is just fantastic! Finally I get to see your sketches. I like your general observations in your regular train journey's, you will probably expand on that and start maintaining a sketch book when you travel. Caricature is quite a challenge when you do it live as you have attempted here - you have great results. Looking forward to seeing regular sketch posts.
I like your rendering of facial hair in the George Michael caricature.
Looks like you have not used the eraser much. That is good practice. You will learn from all the marks you make on paper when you dont erase anything.
I am sorry about your father's demise

Sundar Narayanan said...

very nice Balaji Sir.

Keep them coming.

:)

Balaji S Rajan said...

Arvindh,

You are a true GURU and inspiration. I am glad that I could keep up what I told you. I am not a pro like you but shall try to improve more. I already have a sketch book and using it when I travel. I have not used eraser at all. I keep it as a habit not to use eraser and now found from you that it is a good practice. Oh my father expired long back 33 years before when I was a small boy. Thanks for your encouragement.

backpakker said...

Its great to find hidden talent...i often wonder what mine is ..maybe thats hidden still :)
I must say george michael looks cute

Kavi said...

Very interesting...! And nice..! Keep them coming..!

தூயா said...

weldone.... expecting more

Loga said...

nalla varainchurukkinga, ennakkkum drwaingkkum romba thooram, one day when i meet u (if any chance) will get a sketch of mine from u, keep them posting for us...

Narayanan Venkitu said...

Fantastic da...Glad you went back to your Sketching days!. Please..Please..sketch that Gate joke please...Even today..I laugh when I think about that.!!

Rama Iyer said...

Romba nalla irukku. i have always wondered how people sketch cartoons and caricatures. It should be easier making portraits as you have to just get what you see on the paper, but for this art, you need a lot of imagination. Hoping to see more from you

Balaji S Rajan said...

Sundar,


Thanks and I shall keep trying.

Balaji S Rajan said...

Backpacker,

Thanks. You should be having something. Explore it.

Balaji S Rajan said...

Kavi,

Thanks. I shall keep them coming.

Balaji S Rajan said...

Thooya,

Thanks for your visit and comment. I am a regular visitor to your blog. I want to read all your posts one day. Your tamil is very good. I shall try to keep drawing.

Balaji S Rajan said...

Loga,

Thank you very much. Definitely we will meet. I have met few of the bloggers in the past. I am sure we will meet. I shall try to draw then.

Balaji S Rajan said...

Narayanan,

Thanks da! Definitely I shall draw that cartoon. Atleast for your sake... By the way thanks for your encouragement.

Balaji S Rajan said...

Rama,

Thank you very much. It just comes and I think it is the interest from childhood. I shall produce more in this blog. I am looking to settle down at one place with my family. Once I settle down (which will be shortly) cartoons in my blog will be a regular feature.

Dubukku said...

Balaji,
kalkareenga...ivlavu thiramaiya vechikkutu pls waste pannatheenga. I think you should do more on this and your photography.

Kudos!!!

Innum neraya varainga Sir. (model ethavathu thevaina sollunga...odi vareen :p )

Balaji S Rajan said...

Renga,

Thanks for your comments and encouragement. I shall try to post more in the future.

Jo said...

Hey bro, didn't know you have such a great talent! You have done a very good job on the first one. I loved the sketching in that one and particularly the shading (I'm so crazy about shades when doing the sketches). Keep doing it more and post it here.

(It makes me want to draw something too! Like you said, its been a long while)

Cyberkitty said...

Nice sketches, even i tried my hand at painting recently.

indianangel said...

nice drawing bala, I'm back after a long time to start reading your posts again, btw, I had tough time figuring out who those folks were in the picture. will start reading all your posts during my leisure time
-Prasanna.P