2019 drawing challenge

Welcome to the new year and the new challenge! The theme is ‘face’ the new year. I have posted the marble statue of Janus with two faces and my drawing based on that.
In ancient Roman religion and myth, Janus (/ˈdʒeɪnəs/; Latin: IANVS (Iānus), pronounced [ˈjaː.nus]) is the god of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways, passages, and endings. He is usually depicted as having two faces, since he looks to the future and to the past. The Romans dedicated the month of January to Janus.

What better way to ‘face’ the world since we are all looking forward to new beginnings?

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2018 year of drawing adventurously

This week’s theme is ‘my choice’. My all time favourites are Mickey and Minnie, so I thought of using them to wish my friends a very happy new year! So here they are, full of joy and good spirits. May the coming year be full of joy and happiness for you too, they seem to say!

2018 year of drawing adventurously

We are back to ‘self portrait’ after 50 weeks. Probably just to see how much we have changed during this time. I have grown slightly older and slightly weaker but still strong enough to face the world, I think. So here it is, as usual, imperfect but a good try all the same!

2018 year of drawing adventurously

This week’s theme is a historic figure. There is no dearth of such people and I toyed with the idea of drawing Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Mother Theresa and the like. Ultimately i decided on this iconic mughal emperor called Shah Jahan who built one of the seven wonders of the world ‘the Taj Mahal’ as a token of his undying love for one if his 11 wives Mumtaz Mahal! Her name means the ‘jewel of the palace’. He reigned during the 16th century and it is said that he cut off the hands of all the labourers who carved thd Taj Mahal so that they will never be able to make another master piece like that ever again! Can you imagine?

2018 year of drawing adventurously

This week’s theme is ‘toys’. This time i knew exactly what i wanted to draw. This baby doll was gifted to my daughter when she was small by her cousin who had been in Bahrain for some years earlier. This toy was probably bought there because i had not seen anything like it here in India at that time. The doll plays the instrument producing a beautiful musical piece, tilting her head from side to side while doing so. My daughter loved it and used to enjoy listening to the music. It still works and so it is still preserved in my showcase!

2018 year of drawing adventurously

This week’s theme is food. Offering lots of possibilities but vague nonetheless. I toyed with the idea of sketching starters, burgers, pizzas and the like, even desserts and ice creams but ultimately settled on this one with a cup of cappuchino to complete the look. So here is my take on food.

2018 year of drawing adventurously

This week’s theme is ‘fruit personified’. And i introduce you to the exotic ‘dragon fruit’. It is a very beautiful looking fruit in strawberry pink and leaf green on the exterior with a white interior coated with small black seeds enclosed in a bright pink rim!

A fortnight ago i was diagnosed with dengue viral fever and was hospitalized for a week. In dengue, the blood platelet count drops drastically and there is also a drop in the WBCs, in the initial stages. It is important to not only treat the viral symptoms like fever, body ache and total weakness of the body but also to enhance the blood platelet and WBC counts to the required level. Otherwise, complications like internal organ bleeding and organ failure can develop leading to death of the patient.

The good news is, the platelet count can be enhanced considerably in a few days time by consumption of dragon fruit. See the pictures above. The taste is not bad at all. The other fruits are kiwi and papayas which increase the count but not so much as dragon fruit. Nowadays papaya leaf extracts in the form of tablets are available too.

My platelet count which should be between 2 and 4 lakhs ideally had dropped down to 135000, 24000 and then 14000 in a matter of 1 and a half days! Thankfully, due to proper medications and care at the hospital, i recovered in 10 days though the fatigue remains. The magical dragon fruit consumed everyday saved my life.

2018 year of drawing adventurously

This week’s theme is aircrafts, planes or automobiles. And here is my sketch of the Cirrus aircraft for you. Not perfect but a try nonetheless.


Recently proclaimed as “the most sophisticated single engine airplane ever” by Flying Magazine, the Cirrus is known the world over for its capability, versatility and safety. The good news for fleet and special mission operators is that Cirrus aircraft are ideal for adaption to meet your exact needs and perform your unique missions.

2018 year of drawing adventurously

This week’s theme was ‘friend’, which had multiple possibilities. I do not have many friends and the ones that i have are all too complex to draw for an amateur like me! I did not want to make a mess of it, so i had to rethink. Dogs i have drawn already. I thought of two birds but could not find a proper image. Finally I chose feline friends which are new to me and which I could probably draw. Here is the result. Sorry for the bad grammar! (Corrections are welcome).