Experiences change the way we express. Inktober 2018.

Experiences change the way we express. Inktober 2018.

As humans, we are constantly evolving, changing from what we were into someone way different; someone we ourselves might fail to recognise. The way we express, emote, react, all of it changes as we age, as we experience Life and Her varied hues.

This year, the changes that I experienced, the various moods of Life that I witnessed brought about a change in the way I expressed my thoughts, through words as well as through art.

My artwork for Inktober this year was way different from what it was last year. No, I am not really impressed by all that I created, but frankly, I realised there is a lot within me that I haven’t discovered yet; potential that awaits to be tapped, emotions waiting to be expressed in tones that differ from the ones I have used so far.

What holds me back, is, perhaps fear or, maybe complacency, or a lack of confidence that I can, indeed, do what I could never imagine.

How I make use of the change in me tells me how I far I have come from where I began!

Today, on the last day of Inktober 2018, I am sharing the ink drawings I made for these past 10 days and also making up my mind about following this ritual of creating something everyday, even if something minuscule. That will keep my brain from getting all rusty!

It will also help me on working harder at improving my art.

Day 22.

EXPENSIVE.

Like this handbag, which I love!

Day 23

MUDDY.

Like the muddy paws my pet dog brought into the house after a walk in the rain!

Seen here are my footprints along with Chikoo’s pawprints.

Day 24

CHOP.

Shortest story I wrote…

Chop–end of a love story.

Wonder how many lives come to an end in such a brutal manner! 😞

Day 26

PRICKLY

Like this cactus in a sandy desert.

Day 26

STRETCH.

Like how we stretch a rubberband between two fingers, or how Life stretches us to our limits!

Day 27.

THUNDER.

Loved drawing this ship caught in a storm.

Day 28

GIFT.

The ability to express my feelings and emotions through words and art is the best gift I received from my Creator.

Day 29

DOUBLE.

Like the Gemini twins!

Day 30

I ditched today’s prompt for this bunch of flowers I came across on Pinterest. It was such a therapeutic experience making them!

Day 31.

SLICE.

And, finally, with this slice of the Black Forest Cake, I come to the end of Inktober2018!

What a wonderful, thrilling experience it was. It gave me a quite a few ideas of what I can attempt apart from Zentangle art.

Looking forward to Inktober 2019!

See you all soon, with something new and different 💖

Love,

SHILPA…

Art therapy.

Art therapy.

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Sharing today, ink sketches for the second week of Intober 2018.

Forgive me for being repetitive, but if you haven’t started drawing, or even doodling, then it’s time you took up the activity. A few moments of priceless bliss is guaranteed. Believe me!

The kind of happiness I gain helps me work harder as well as enjoy making these sketches.

Every sketch lifts my spirits and brightens up my mood, irrespective of what is going on around me.

You really ought to try it out. And do it for yourself, because you want to make yourself happy. I gaze at every sketch and experience a feeling of utmost satisfaction for not only enjoying making art, but being able to do so with passion and dedication as well as seeing an improvement in my work as compared to my earlier work.

Competing with yourself needs to be the motive apart from finding joy, if you wish to work on your skills.

Here are the sketches from the first week, if you missed out on them.

Day 9

PRECIOUS

Every child is precious to his mother… His smile, his happy gurgling is music to her ears… And hence, the baby.

Day 10

FLOWING

A flowing gown, side bun, makeup, jewelry and the perfect heels and you are ready to sashay down the ramp.

Day 11

CRUEL

This had to be Cruella de Vil! Remember her?

Day 12

WHALE

I love making cute illustrations of animals, birds and sea creatures. This cute whaley just popped into my mind as I wondered how to make it.

Day 13

GUARDED

Do you keep some secrets fiercely guarded from the world, or is your life an open book!?

Day 14

CLOCK

Why do you wait for Time? Time waits for no one. Time flies!

Love,

SHILPA…

The artful month that’s October.

The artful month that’s October.


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October is a month I so look forward to. No, not because it’s autumn, but because I get a chance to flex my finger muscles and put my mind to good use. The arty month, as I like to call it, October hosts the Ink drawing festival– INKTOBER–a brainchild of artist, illustrator, Jake Parker.

It’s a week since artists from the world over have shared their artwork in ink based on prompts that can often leave one perplexed! You might have come across these sketches on the various social media platforms. I could scroll through the Instagram feed all day, gazing in awe at the thousands of ink drawings.

The 20 minutes I spend making a drawing are the 20 minutes that I am at peace. I admit, there are times I wonder what people will think about my work, but then, the thing called inner voice tells me to just concentrate on having a good time creating.

The prompts can, at times, seem difficult and coming up with an idea for a particular prompt takes some time for me. For example, I was stuck at EXHAUSTED. What do I draw to show exhaustion? It isn’t compulsory that one follow the prompts, but it gives the brain that much of a workout coming up with an idea for such prompts. Gives the mind some busy moments, too!

I don’t consider my figure drawing even satisfactory. So, this time, I thought of drawing human figures as much as possible so that some day I can draw it from memory. Kindly ignore the errors you come across!

So, sharing today, my ink drawings and the prompts for the first eight days of October, or, #Inktober2018.

Day 1 — POISONOUS.

DAY 2 — TRANQUIL.

DAY 3 — ROASTED.

DAY 4 — SPELL.

DAY 5 — CHICKEN.

DAY 6 — DROOLING.

DAY 7 — EXHAUSTED.

DAY 8 — STAR

It was fun drawing these pictures and the prompts did make me rack my brains. But, a busy mind is a healthy mind, is what I believe. It keeps away the negativity and makes you live in the moment.

Are you participating in Inktober? If not, you can begin now. The only rules are there are no rules. You are just supposed to enjoy the creative process.

So, are you game?

Love,

SHILPA..

The festival of Ink drawing.

The festival of Ink drawing.

What began two years ago as an exciting new journey into the world of Ink drawing for Inktober, has turned into the eagerly awaited event for me, as the year begins. Inktober is an Ink Drawing festival started by illustrator, concept artist, and animator, Jake Parker. It is held in the month of October–and thus the moniker, Inktober--and is open to everybody who wishes to indulge the artist in them.

Now, that doesn’t mean it is meant only for the “artists”, because as Liz Gilbert says in her book, ‘Big Magic’, everybody on this planet is an artist, regardless of what you create. For everything we do is art!

As part of this festival, all you need to do is make ink drawings and share them on any social media platform, or even put them up on your refrigerator door! The basic principle of this fest is to enjoy every moment you spend in making the drawings.

For me, personally, it means forgetting the world around me, banishing all the unpleasant thoughts and enjoying some moments of absolute peace; getting carried away making drawings that need my 100% attention. Believe me, the entire experience is therapeutic.

So, about the fest–every day of the month of October, you make an ink drawing and share it with the hashtag #Inktober #Inktober2018.

You may draw what you please. And, if you fail to come up with an idea, or hit an Artist’s Block, then you can refer to the list of prompts that Jake Parker releases sometime in September.

I am sharing the prompt list below and if you think you could do with some art therapy, do join in!

You can make pencil sketches and go over those with an ink pen. Any simple ink pen will work fine. You could also use water colours, or crayons or colour pencils along with the ink pens to unleash the artist within.

Just have fun, people! Do not care about what people might think, or how your art is judged. As long as you enjoy making the drawing, nothing else really matters. It is actually an exercise for the mind to fight all the distractions, focus on something that gives happiness to the soul and provides you with a few moments of relief. That’s all!

So, what do you think? Will you like to join me this month? We all could do with the encouragement. Because I know, as do you, that not every day is the same. There will be days when our creative juices will flow like the Niagara Falls and some days the mind will come to a standstill, and in spite of the prompts, you will not have the faintest idea what you would like to draw! Or, if you would even like to draw anything!

Do let me know if you will participate. I look forward to having you around.

Wishing you all the very best! Just go, have fun!

Love,

SHILPA…

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De-stress with art.

De-stress with art.

I know this sounds repetitive, but whenever you find yourself bogged down by stress, just pick up a piece of paper and  a pen/pencil and doodle away! Those few minutes you spend doodling or making art will be the calmest few minutes in your stressful day.

Today’s Zentangle designs are a product of my stressed out mind. I simply lost track of time and made these last night. I generally don’t sit for long hours. I get up every half an hour, or so, walk around, exercise my limbs and then get back to my chair. But, last night, I just got carried away as I made my first drawing (the flower).

After finishing with it, I turned the page over, drew a 10cmX10cm box and wrote LOVE in the centre. For the duration it took my mind to come up with ideas for the LOVE box, I was oblivious to the world around.

After completing the LOVE picture, I turned over the page again, and decided to make those soup bowls, stacked one on top of the other, with soup spilling over from the top bowl. I had seen  cups stacked one on top of the other on Pinterest, but I wanted to make something different, something of my own.  So, I settled on the bowls. I found it so amusing that I just did not want to stop!

I could have very well made a few more, but then it was 9:45 pm and I had to have my dinner. I prefer an early dinner, but last night, my drawing took over and I forgot about my tummy!

Do try doodling, or drawing random pictures on a paper when you feel tired, or stressed out. You will forget about all your pains. Trust me!

Zentangle flower

Zentangle letters

Zentangle bowls

All the drawings are made within  10cmX10cm squares, using drawing pens (0.1.  0.3,  0.05,  0.8).

However, you really can use just about any pen – even a ball point pen – and in any colour. Don’t even bother about how good your artwork looks. What really matters is how well you focus on your work and forget about the world!

That’s all from me this Sunday.

Meet you all next Sunday, at The Art Nook!

Love,

SHILPA…