Posts Tagged ‘art’


X and Y

April 29, 2017

So I skipped X because life intervened and we had to make an unplanned trip to Bangalore and it was about 10.45pm and we were on the bus when I remembered that I hadn’t posted for X yet. And so I went ‘Oh well’ and went to sleep. I had a couple of ideas swimming in my head and didn’t get around to fleshing them out enough for a post. Here’s the illustration for X that I did. X for Xiao Long Bao, those lovely little dumplings filled with soup. I happened to get to know of and taste these at a SE Asian restaurant in Bangalore last year. All my years in Singapore, I had no clue that such a thing exists. And what marvellous little things these are 🙂


Y is for Yellow Bell Pepper. 

My most favourite vegetable, possibly. Now, my most favourite way to eat it is roasted on a flame until it’s blackened and then cooled and peeled. I love eating it as it is, or in a sandwich. And here’s my Yellow bell pepper illustration. 

Man, I can’t believe we’re at Z next! Yaaaaaay. 


R is for Relief

April 21, 2017

That feeling when you finally finish something you’ve been putting off for a while because you’re SO afraid you’ll screw it up. And then you finally decided you’ve procrastinated enough (by painting tomatoes and more tomatoes and taking naps!) and decide to eat the frog (nope I haven’t read the book but I love the expression) and just do it. I’ve been putting off a human figure sketch that I’ve been working on because I’m not comfortable drawing figures. I did the first draft a couple of weeks ago, and was happy, and was just dragging my feet getting started on the final version. Because, what if it looks horrible? What if it looks nothing like the draft that I actually like?! Etc.

Anyway, it’s done. Phew. That feeling of relief is amazing. It’s great to realise that –

a. It’s done

b. You haven’t screwed it up (too much, anyway)

c. It’s D.O.N.E!

d. Bonus: It gave rise to a blog post for R!

*Happy dance*


D: Drawing

April 5, 2017

And that’s what this post is going to be.

I’ve also quite ambitiously started on a daily drawing challenge this April, the theme being fruit, vegetables or food. And guess which of the two challenges is going to be easier for me to stick to? 😉

Since there are no Sundays off in that challenge, yesterday was D for Durian. And here’s what I posted on my Instagram page, where all my drawings are posted.


So I don’t forget this feeling

October 6, 2016

Running gives me an endorphin rush.

Sketching, on the other hand calms me down like nothing else. An hour with my paints while A naps, is the best thing I could ask for.

I’m ever so grateful to have the time and ability for these two interests, so vastly different, and yet, the joy they bring me isn’t too different ❤️


Wordless Wednesday

November 25, 2015



10,000 hours, that Ira Glass quote and a Zenpencils version

November 18, 2015

This piece by Zencomics, based on the below quote by an American radio show host/ producer, Ira Glass –

Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.

Now this piece really resonates with me. Once upon a (silly) time, I used to dream of writing a book. Soon, I realised I’d never be able to write as well as some of the authors that I love. (Hi, PGW, Bill Bryson et al) So I gave up on that. Similarly, for a year, I learnt how to play the guitar. And then I realised after a lot of attempts to keep at it, and practice in my spare time, that I probably don’t have enough passion to actually put in the hours and keep at it.

Then came photography. It is still something I enjoy, but again, I lost that absolute enthusiasm for it after a while. Every once in a while, it resurfaces.

My current passion is sketching. Yoga also falls in that category. So does running, but pretty much in that order. But honestly speaking, of the three, the first one is something I could get really good at. I have this seemingly unrealistic dream of becoming good enough to become an illustrator some day.

Given the 10,000 hour rule, even if I sketch everyday for 30 minutes for the rest of my life, I will need another 54 years to reach 10,000 hours (assuming I’m starting from zero now). Gulp. I may not even be around by then. And then, I figured, if I want to do this by the time I’m 50, I’d need to put in at least 2 hours a day. Hmm.

On the flip side, it would be so cool to embark on a new career when you’re 50 🙂

So maybe I should get a framed poster of this comic and keep reminding myself that it’s okay if I hate my work on most days – I’m at least putting in the work.

[Edited to add: Okay, after a day’s thought, I realise I probably put the bit about becoming an illustrator in the heat of the moment, after being enthused from the quote. At this point it seems unrealistic, but hey it will be awesome if I can make it happen. If not, more importantly, I hope I can become the best illustrator that I can be!]


Popeye’s Spinach and Cream Pasta

June 7, 2015

This post has been in the Drafts folder in my head for about three weeks now. 

One Thursday evening, S was out for dinner with a friend, and after I tucked lil A into bed at about 8pm, I made this simple pasta for dinner. After eating I thought, hey, why not try and sketch that. I’ve been quite reluctant to try sketching food, but given that fact that I enjoy cooking, eating and sketching, it was high time I tried marrying the three. For some reason, I picked up the ipad and opened up the Paper app and did a sketch in that. It was fun, I began to really understand how to use the app only that day. 

This is what I #MadeWithPaper


I had fun. A lot of fun, especially because I was sketching food, and also because I was exploring a medium still fairly new to me. Oh, I also enjoyed my dinner. So naturally, when S got home, I greeted him with a, ‘Hey! You should go out more often.’

The next evening I decided to try it out on real paper. And here’s that version –


Spinach, garlic, cream, pasta and a green chilli if you want.  

This was fun.