Monday, 9 March 2015

Spontaneity is the art of life

One July afternoon, four years ago, I finished my lunch in office and on an impulse decided to draw something. I typed “scenery” and “landscape” in Google images and found one I thought would be easy to sketch in half an hour. After all, I was being paid to bring out a newspaper, not give vent to my creative juices. I picked up my HB pencil and rubber, flicked an A4-size paper from the printer, and proceeded to replicate the image sitting on my desktop. I don’t know what inspired me at the time. It was probably the canteen food laced with sodium bicarbonate. Two days later, my pet dog, who was less than a year old, made a nice meal out of my sketch. Luckily, I’d got it scanned. This was the end result. 

Copyright: Prashant C. Trikannad

I might add that professional art runs on my mother’s side though just about everyone in the family dabbles in it. I might also add that I posted just this sketch on my blog in July 2011. Back then, I was new to blogging and didn’t know many bloggers. Okay, now I'm fishing!

14 comments:

  1. That's lovely, Prashant! Too funny about the canteen food. :) As for the puppy...well, I guess everyone's a critic! Same thing happened to me with an outline about 9 years ago...

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    1. Elizabeth, thank you. Bicarbonate of soda is used liberally by affordable restaurants and roadside eateries, which makes the food heavy on the stomach. I believe it enhances the quantity without actually doing so, which means more money for less food.

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  2. That's not bad. I have to say I can't draw to save my life. We had a sketch of our dog that I did on our fridge for a few years - it looked like it had a human head!

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    1. Col, thank you. I'd love to see your sketch of the dog with a human head! I'm planning to dabble in art more seriously.

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  3. I like that. I admire anyone who can draw because I surely cannot

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    1. Charles, thank you. I enjoy drawing and painting. I prefer landscapes to, say, portraits. I'm not very good at drawing faces.

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  4. Pretty good, byya. I sketch occasionally, but am no good at drawing people.

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    1. Richard, thank you. I'm not good at drawing people either; I can never get the face right.

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  5. Well done. Wish I had that skill.

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    1. David, thank you. Sometimes I wonder if I shouldn't have followed my mother's artistic side instead of my father's journalistic side, as I finally did.

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  6. My husband and daughter have such talent but not me. Very nice indeed.

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    1. Patti, thank you. There is always an artist or two in every family.

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  7. Very nice picture. I've just been reading By the Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie, and a very similar picture takes a big role in the plot, so it was quite spooky to see your picture too - I wondered if you'd been reading the book! The sleuths have to track down the location of the house from an oil painting.

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    1. Moira, thank you. I haven't read that particular Agatha Christie novel. I downloaded the image from Google and drew it. What a coincidence, though. I must remember this picture when I read the book.

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