Saturday, 3 April 2021

KTM Kartun! Malaysian railway cartoons


Apart from my interest in trains of the land of my birth, Sri Lanka, I am also interested in the trains in the land I grew up in... Malaysia. The railways system in Malaysia is named KTM- Keretapi Tanah Melayu.

These are some cartoons I drew a few years ago about KTM. The colour one reflects the seasonal Balik Kampung (return to the village) which occurs every year for the Hari Raya Puasa  after Ramadan.

Saturday, 6 February 2021

Year of The Ox... Lunar New Year

2020 being the Year of The Rat, seems to have spread the COVID 19 virus across the globe. Rats are known for carrying diseases. This Lunar Year brings the dawn of the Year of The Ox... bringing strength and resilience for Body, Spirit and Mind.

Saturday, 22 August 2020

Vinayagar Chathurthi celebration!


Today is Vinayagar Chathurthi falling this year on 22 August 2020 in the Tamil month of Aavani. Vinayagar's birthday- a big celebration in North India.

The 4th day after the new moon. 4 denotes chathuram. So I decided to draw Vinayagar centered in a square which is a four sided polygon.

Saturday, 9 May 2020

Om Ganapathy- pencil sketch study

The primary sound Om (AUM) can be made by any human being whether they have the power of speech or not. It is made by the vocal chords and the mouth starting in the wide open position (Aaa), narrowing (Ooo) and closing the lips (Mmmm).
Hindus associate this sound with the deity Ganesh/Ganapathy/Vigneswaran/Pillaiyar.
There are many representations of Ganesh written with the Sanskrit script Om symbol, but there seem to be very few with the Tamil language script Om.
This is a study I have made with Ganesh represented with the Tamil script for Om.

The Elephant God... a pencil study

Ganesh, Ganapathy, Vigneswaren, Pillaiyar... many names for this deity from the Hindu pantheon. Yet images/statues have been found as far afield as China.
In Tamil literature and devotional poems he is described either as "he with the elephant face" or as being "with the head of an elephant". These studies are inspired by the latter.
I had sketched two versions focusing on the elephant aspects.
Black Saintograph China Marker on white paper as you can see from the photo below.

Friday, 1 May 2020

Labour Day 1st May 2020

1 May 2020, Labour Day holiday for some of us. Another working day for many. In the style of the old Communist Block posters.

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

2020 Tamil and Sinhala New Year Card

As we move into the new year over 13 and 14 April 2020, most of the world is locked down due to the COVID 19 corona virus infection.
So this year's card reflects that.
As I was doing this artwork, my wife saw it. Her comment was " ïf he is hitting the corona virus, who is going to catch it?" Hmm good point.
We don't want anyone to catch it. So I put that into the artwork and gave my wife a credit too.