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Small temple at the crossroads

A few days ago, I came across this charming little temple at the crossroads while in the old city area.

Here’s a short video about drawing this temple. It’s divided into two parts… pen work and coloring.

Click this link to see Part 1 – Penciling and pen work:

Click this link for part 2 – Coloring

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Pen/Ink and Composition/Perspective Workshops this month

Introducing 2 workshops this month – 21st and 22nd May

Introduction to Pen and Ink drawing is for beginners, or those who want to brush up their skills with pen drawing. It also covers the vital art of “Seeing the picture”.

Pen and Ink workshop -21 May 16

Composition and Perspective is for those who have some basic knowledge of drawing and/or attended the Pen and Ink drawing workshop and want to build on it for doing some amazing artwork.

Composition and Perspective workshop Poster - 22 May 2016

Glimpses of Konkan Through My Sketchbook

I spent the last 5 days in Konkan, the beautiful coastal area of the Maharashtra state where I reside. It was a different world, with endless scenic vistas, rustic life in villages, and best of all .. no cell phone coverage!

These are some of the glimpses of Konkan through my sketchbook.

Village Well – This stone well, along with the multi-colored contraption to draw out water was one of the highlights of the resort where we stayed. Pen and colored inks.

Beach of Ganeshgule – An ultra quick sketch. Brush pens.

A Dry Stream – in the village Kurdhe. Pigma pens.

View of the Ganeshgule Beach – Pens and Black ink

A Beautiful House in village Kurdhe – Pens and Black ink


Mahakali Temple in Adiware Village – Pens and colored inks

Stone wall  – This stone wall, along with the interestingly placed logs formed the boundary of resort with the seashore. Pens and colored inks.

Storage Shades – These shades were used to store the coconuts regularly falling off the trees.

Swings  – Pigma Pens

Old Door – House in village Kurdhe. Pigma pens.

Tree House – In the resort where we stayed in Ganeshgule. Pigma pens.

Tree covered building in Fergusson college campus

Today was my second outing with Pune Urban Sketchers group, once again in Fergusson college campus.

Today I sat on the steps outside one of the classrooms, and drew this sketch of this building opposite. This building was heavily covered in shrubbery and trees. So the main challenge was to show enough of the building through the trees, but at the same time keeping it covered with foliage. Had a lot of fun with this.

Drawn on paper with Brustro pens, various sizes. Total drawing time – 1 hour 15 mins.

When Casino Meets Art

When Casino Meets Art
Popular art icons with casino themes

Every casino patron is familiar with the iconic painting of Dogs Playing Poker. This whimsical approach in a painting has won the respect of art critics and enthusiasts alike and still remains as a classic art piece, today. It’s hard to imagine that this painting is actually more than a century old. This casino-centric masterpiece was painted by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge in 1903, according to 94.3 Loudwire.



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This simply goes to show that art knows no time or place. Today however, we rarely see casinos as the subject of paintings, since we often turn to photographs for a glimpse of a certain place or event. In fact, casinos in general are seeing a decrease in their visitors, especially with the rise of mobile casinos. But like their counterparts, these mobile casinos display art in their interface. We often find digitalized and cartoonish depictions of slot machines and poker games too.

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So why is casino art becoming a trend? Casinos are the spitting image of today’s entertainment industry—busy and always on the go. With so much going on inside these casinos, artists who are looking for subjects or perhaps inspiration for their next paintings look to a vibrant setting in casinos. One such artist is Lisa Esherick, a casino fan who describes herself as a “figurative painter with abstract leanings.”

“I am interested in the expressive nature of painting. I want to convey the emotional presence that I find in the still world of objects. I want to feel the space between things and hear the silence. I want to explore shadowy things — things hidden from view, what cannot quite be identified, things unknown that yet have great power in our lives,” Esherick said as she described her passion in Art Slant.

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Certainly, her expertise in art manifests well in her depiction of casinos. The expressive nature of her work fits the casino setting very well, where subjects often display the most natural of human emotions. Esherick captures the buzzing scene of poker games. And at the same time, her interpretation of well-composed poker players are well renowned by the art community as one of today’s best in figurative art.

This unique approach is even evident in today’s booming casino industry. Art is no longer about natural landscapes, or realistic expressions. Art is a tool in which we view realities. In a day and age where casinos have moved from brick and mortar casinos to virtual ones, we also find a new age of art in the digital world. Through the eyes of artists, casinos breathe new life to the canvass.