When I was a kid, Sridevi was my favourite face. The actress was everywhere – on magazine covers, newspapers and advertisements. And how I loved to draw her! My sketchbook had a lot of rough sketches of the beauty. She was an artist’s dream with large vivacious eyes and gorgeous demeanor. Her sudden, accidental death by drowning has left all her admirers in deep shock. Now, after so many years, I sketch her one last time as a tribute to her. #RIP Sridevi
This Thermocol Mannequin Head in the hobby store, ‘Michaels’ caught my attention. It looked so inviting that I couldn’t resist buying it for $5. My little one, who loves naming everything, called it ‘Chandrapraksh’ for some reason. Chandraprakash stayed in the laundry room until yesterday when an idea struck me. And then the process of transforming Chandraprakash into Chandramukhi began in the basement.
Some acrylic paint, brushes and sketch pens were used to paint her face. And a flower sticker was attached to her neck.
A feather band was used as a headgear.
And finally she looked like this. Now, she sits prettily in a nice corner. This is my Chandramukhi!
But how would you decorate and transform your Chandraprakash?
The Madhubani painting kept me busy this holiday week. It is a folk art that expresses mythology as well as other old practices through bright colours, rich pattens and lovely figures. Traditionally, it is made with a special nib and natural colours but I adapted it, using ball point pen and acrylic. These paintings can brighten up any place in your house. Do tell me, what do you think!
“Ya devi sarvabhuteshu matri – rupena samsthita, namas tasyai …”
(To that goddess who abides in all beings as mother : salutations to Thee..)
May the mother goddess bless us all this Navratri festival! Hope you like my effort to sketch the beloved, divine face. Jai Ma🙏🏻