You thought I'd forgotten didn't you? That I was so busy that I may not have had the time to do something for you? Well though I am busy and I probably have to sleep on my tablet tonight XD, I just had to do this for you!
I love you beyond what you can think possible, you are an inspiration to me every day.
You are one of the strongest, most honest and most genuine people I know. I am more than fortunate to have you as my best friend and even more so as my soul sister.
Thank you for all those times that you've been there, thank you for all those times that you got me, even when no one else understood.
I would do any thing for you Shubee! I love you so so much!
May all of your wishes come true, and may a million doggy farts in chorus, gladden your heart.
One day you wake up, and the birds are out and chirping, the sun is shining, the clothes are drying, and there are flowers everywhere. Thank you for coming in so soon Summer, try not too get too hot and bothered.
I've been really caught up with tons from the start of this year! So sincere apologies for the late updates!
So this time, the boy and I decided to get down to some canvas painting. It was his first time with acrylics and first time at painting as well.
So I first went about sketching the idea out digitally and then we purchased four square canvases to recreate each quarter from the sketch. We wanted to give it the feeling of looking out of our window.
After about two days of work, we finished it! :D And now it hangs proudly above the couch.
Happy Birthday Hon'! It looks like you could give me a run for my money, so glad you don't do this for a living! XD
This post is dedicated to the people I love and cannot live without.
I had the most splendid weekend and got a ton of thoughtful, useful and lovely presents!
A big thank you to everyone who got together to make my day so special.
I've always secretly wanted my friends to draw for me, and I don't know how my thoughts carried through the wind, but they actually took the time to make some of the most beautiful, meaningful and magical work I have ever been on the receiving end of.
I cannot tell you how much this really means to me. You are all magic, you are all joy.
Paper quilling awesomeness from Kanshu!
Magical matches and lovely little messages by Nandu!
8 bit me, with nail colour and earrings and floral prints! Such detail by Ladoo.
My love for dogs (and the way I sit) perfectly captured by Shubee!
Thank you for everything! Thank you for making the time, no matter the place.
'The only thing keeping you from being happy, is the belief that you are alone.' - Anna Draper, Madmen.
Too many terrible tidings on the news, too many treacherous losses over the last couple of weeks. A small prayer for peace. A little hope for more love. And genuine gratitude, for what some of us are fortunate enough to have.
A big thank you, especially to Ladoo, for making the distance take a hike, always. :) ♥.
I confess, I used to be mortified by the sight of lizards. No logic really. Ironically, I would probably appear to be some tail-less Godzilla to it, but it's just one of those things that you fear and refuse to reason with.
I've had this Mother lizard in my room, for say over 2 years. She pretty much keeps to herself, sometimes taking rounds between my desk and a small hole in the wall behind my waste paper basket, catching moths and light bugs and what not. Every once in a while she leaves a little surprise on my table while I'm asleep at night, not a pretty one. but the previous nights digested dinner.
It's all peaceful.
She goes outside for a walk on the wall, has a one night stand and has a ton of babies.
Suddenly, I wake up one morning, and they are all over the place. Crawling out from behind the tube-lights, merging with the ply on my desk, snoozing on the rim of my wardrobe.
Mother lizard knows me, but these fellows? NO. So the minute I shriek, they fall, either on me or near my feet, running nervously in all directions, me all the while trying to stand still in order not to step on them.
So this is how it is post mating season. A lot of lizard babies and a lot of mild trauma on my part.
But then everything changed.
My partner got me some sticky paper to trap these guys and throw them into the bushes.
Things were going too far, and I couldn't keep track of them anymore. I'd go to sleep with one perched on my tube-light, then wake up in the middle of the night for a drink of water and find them on the frame above my head. Have you ever turned the lights on and off and seen how fast they move from one place to another? DON'T. Apparition exists, Harry Potter fans.
So I finally got around using this paper. And it changed my life. How?
I put it on the floor and waited. There was this particular Tiny thing that merged with the ply on my desk. Bold and brave, catching bugs almost one third it's size. And then one of these bugs landed on the paper, Tiny thing gets excited. Tiny thing is stuck on paper.
With probably the most courage I have ever had to display, I picked the paper up opened the window and let it go. Lizard gone, cool wind blowing and I realized a minute too late, that it broke my heart.
Not that I wanted a room infested with lizards, but it was out there in the cold, predators and all. The adhesive would dry in a bit and it would be free to go. But why I found it necessary to do that to something so tiny, I could not find an answer to. I stood by the window for an hour.hoping it would crawl back in. Actually hoping, waiting.
And then when it didn't, I sat down on the floor and had the biggest cry I've had in a very long time.
Not a pretty sight.
The next morning I looked out the balcony and the paper was empty, the bug and Tiny thing were both gone. I felt guilt and then relief.
Now? I have roommates. I've learnt to live with them. When they need my desk, I just give them their privacy and leave the room, or pretend my bed is an island and plonk myself there.
I sometimes even try to stick light bugs to broom sticks and feed these guys (hasn't worked so far, you have to be really really still). I'll still scream if one falls on me and quietly leave the room if it's running all over the place. But I am not mortified anymore. I wish to coexist.
I've worked on a tiny, silly little short film, bearing only little coincidence to real life events.
It should be up soon, and here's a still from it ^^.
I hope you have a laugh or a shiriek, but enjoy it.
I was gifted an early birthday present this year! :D
It's my new Ukulele! I've aptly named her Celestine, from Ernest and Celestine., because she's small but isn't in the least shy of speaking her mind when strummed!
I love to sing (I'm not sure if I'm any good), and have been wanting to own an instrument to accompany my singing for a while now. And I finally do! All my love and gratitude go to my partner; you have no idea how grateful, thankful and happy I am, to own one of these! I love you so much!
On the other hand, I've been experimenting with new styles and this one's a semi-rough sketch of working purely with light and colour and no lines. SO MUCH FUN!! :D
To my father who taught me everything, and still looks at me as if I were a child.
Thank you for everything Dada, I am and shall always be, ever grateful.
(On a technical note, this was an experiment to understand colour and light. And drawing everything with colour, including the shadows and highlights. So in other words, it's all one single layer of colour!
It's difficult to put into words what we feel for those we love.
Everything that's ever been good/deal in my life, I've always had to work really hard for. But the joy of experiencing that something good, when you least expect it, has always been worth the wait, the agony and the hope.
If you have that good thing in your life, treasure it, guard it, and love it, like every day were the first day you realised you had it.
Thank you Fuff', I love you. Big Happy two and to infinity and beyond.
The distance is only a state of mind. After all, there's a window on your wall now.
To the greatest woman on Earth to me. Thank you endlessly, for every little and large thing you have done for us, thank you for all the little and large sacrifices you have made to put our happiness first. Mommy, you are everything to Dada, Gau', Leo' and me.
My mother, is the reason, that I have so much to be thankful for, today, every day. One right move in the right direction, at the right time, changed my life, for the best I think it could possibly be.
I devote my lifetime in keeping you as happy as the best I can. I love you.
(psst: click on the image if it's not moving, and view in a new tab. There seems to be a freezing charm (Immobulus) that's on the loose)
I've been attempting a balancing act at this point like never before! So many things to sort and work on all at the same time. All I need a nice swig of cold beer, some evening breeze, a good sketchbook with some good old cartridge paper and a partner in crime. I think he'll be here in a week.
On a different note, I'm sitting with my water-colours after ages. And I realise I've run out of all the good paper I use to have in college. Need some urgent stationary stocking up.
Wonderfully enough though, my eight year old set of Camel water-colours is still mixing up really well. She's got a decade and more, I bet.
Hope everyone out there is taking time off and enjoying the weekend!
My official first attempt at drawing my first realistic yet fictitious dragon. I really enjoyed the process, drawing in all the details on the scales and the veins and everything. Ridiculous amounts of fun!
This one is dedicated to my best friend across the sea, Maddy. On having a conversation with her about drawing the dragon, she promptly named her Ron. She'd seen the first colour draft and was reminded of the Weasleys.