illustration friday

Illustration Friday Topic – ‘Beginning’



This is the ‘beginning’..we grow older day by day, year by year and life goes on.

I tried to illustrate all things that a girl child likes to have while growing up, right from her ‘beginning’ years. I used my very favorite collage style and pencil scribbles…hope you will enjoy it!

Mercury the Messenger – Illustration Friday


As soon as my daughter came to know that this week’s topic for Illustration Friday is ‘messenger’, she made a quick suggestion that I should illustrate ‘Mercury’ (Mercurius) – the messenger from Roman mythology.

Mercury is depicted wearing winged sandals that helped him make swift flights and holding a ‘Caduceus’ (symbol of commerce) in his hand. Mercury delivered messages from gods.

This is my entry for Illustration Friday after a while and really enjoyed making this pencil sketch.

(Information – courtesy Wikipedia)

Ilustration Friday entry for the topic – Toy (भातुकली)

Toy…when you think of a toy, you will find thousands of beautiful and different types of toys all over.
When I was a child, I had very few toys…and one of them was a set of ‘Bhaatukli’ (भातुकली) which means a set of ‘cooking utensils’. Most of girls in India are familiar and might have played with this in their childhood.
Earlier this cooking set was made of clay, then came the wooden version…and nowadays you will find it in steel as well…”I have the one made in ‘Copper’ back home in India!”
The treats used for playing with this were peanuts, jaggery, rice flakes etc. The whole afternoon in summer vacations were full of ‘Bhaatukli’ (भातुकली) playing with friends.
Childhood, the beautiful days of life…

For this week’s topic, I used ‘Air Dry’ Clay to craft this cooking set toy and painted it to give the ‘Terracotta’ look. Hope you like it.

Illustration Friday – ‘sweater’


When I read the topic ‘sweater’ for this week’s Illustration Friday, the first thing struck my mind was soft wool yarn. I was thinking to create something with wool, but wait, I had just bought new sweatpants for my daughter. As usual, they were a bit long and had to cut them short…

Well, now you can guess what I did with that extra fabric… 🙂
Hope you like this warm cozy little pink ‘sweater’!

Illustration Friday entry for the topic ‘Winter’

Winter-Illustration Friday
IF-Winter-Dec-2010-Leena, originally uploaded by Leena Bagawde.

For the topic ‘winter’ I made this unique looking Christmas tree inspired by a tribal art called ‘Warli’. ‘Warli’ is a tribe from Thane in Maharashtra (western India).  These people paint there huts with mud which is reddish brown and on it they paint trees, houses, people with a white paint. It looks so wonderful! I tried the same combination here for the Christmas tree!

Three-wheeler ‘Rickshaw’ for Illustration Friday topic – ‘transportation’

I sketched an ‘auto rickshaw’, (for those who don’t know) a 3-wheeler vehicle commonly used as a mode of transportation in sub-urban cities of India. It is supposed to be the most convenient ways to commute, however, off-late saying this would be a controversy. A rickshaw doesn’t have any door, you can just hop-in and enjoy the ‘cool breeze’ while traveling. The ‘cool breeze’ part would be a fantasy now, as most of the times you may feel stuck in one, entangled in the city traffic.

Making those tiny round tires for this 3-wheeler, was a tedious job. Was about to give up and submit only the sketch as a last-minute entry. Just then, I saw a few candies lying on the table. Voila…they soon became those perfectly round ‘tires’… 🙂 Hope you like it.

a box of sweets for ‘Dessert’

Box of 'Dessert'-Illustration Friday

Looking at my other posts on this blog, you might have already guessed by now that I have a great passion for working with clay and paper. Over the years, I have developed a technique, which I have named it as ‘paper illustration’.

For this week’s topic – ‘dessert’, I thought of introducing this unique technique, which I hope you will like it. Please share your thoughts, thank you.

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