About Writing

The Novemberist

This blog is now 20 years old. I know, because there‚Äôs a version of this post every few years, and the first of them appeared late in October 2001. I went and checked. You should not read your old writing. Doubly so, your old blog posts, but my excuse was research, and an anniversary, so […]


A Cheap Sketchbook & a Life in Progress

It is a truth universally acknowledged, by many a creative person, that expensive notebooks are traps. The beauty of them, the craft involved in making them, is not in question. But it is their very beauty and craft that makes a creative person pause, hesitate, worry, over what goes in it, be it scribble or […]


Welcome to

This is my little corner of the internet, containing personal work in illustration & design, and idle musings. It aggregates a bunch of blogs going back all the way to 2001, but nobody really needs to read those. A selection of work can be found here. You can find me on a few social media […]


Drawing 100 Portraits with Krita – Milestone 15

I’ve been doing one of those hashtag challenges that do the rounds of social media, in this case #100Heads or #100HeadsChallenge, where the aim is to do 100 portraits or character heads. I guess some people do it in a hundred days, but I am setting no such goals. Instead, mine are: 1 – To […]

Out & About

Crowds & Men, Artists All

Last week I went to a couple of art exhibitions & a museum workshop, and they got me thinking about Art. Now, I try to think about Art as little as possible, regard it from the corner of my eye, never cohere it in my inner ear. It’s the background noise to my chosen occupation […]

Proof of Life, Twenty-Eighteen

Not dead yet. I joked on twitter that this is a recurring entry on this, a 16 year collection of things written that is roughly covered by the term ‘blog’ (so naturally I dubbed it a ‘Journal’). The rest of the recurring entries are threats that I’m getting back to writing fiction. I have a […]

A Nevernude Frog Guy

Tinkering with these drawing videos, I think I’ve figured out a pace I like. 2x timelapses seem to be a happy medium between the slow, methodical real-time videos, and the ultra-fast ones that are 4 or even 8x sped-up. For now I’m using the Hyperlapse app on my phone to easily spit out timelapses; it’s […]

Crafty Samir’s Papernautic Video Adventures

Did you know that my brother Samir is almost as talented as I am? Did you know that both of us were taught origami by our father at a very young age, and that Samir has gone on to learn & create many great papercraft sculptures and origami? Did you know that he has both […]

14 Minute Belly Dancer, OR How Long Does a Practice Sketch Take?

I like to start most drawing sessions with a sketch in one of several practice or sketchbooks I have running at any time. Some of them are focused topic sketchbooks, such as my Creatures Sketchbook (more on that in a future post), and some are less so. Such is my current ‘Practice Makes Perfect’ sketchbook, […]

Speedy Video of Monstrous Babies Oh My!

I’ve been using my youtube channel again. Ever since I got my LG G3 phone a couple of years ago, I’ve tried to use the great camera, UHD 4K video recording included, to take more video. Mostly this has been on weekend trips to the Indian countryside, but also I’ve used it to record to-camera […]

Keeping Notes

Since switching to a better smartphone earlier this year (an LG G3, for the curious) I’ve taken to using a notetaking app on it. I started off with the phone’s default app, which was adequate, but had a few issues that might have been fine on a paper notebook (ticked list items not disappearing, for […]

Blinky Spider-Man GIF

Quick & dirty #SpiderMan GIF, since his ‘eyes’ moving in Captain America Civil War seems to be the topic-du-jour to bitch about on twitter. Yes, I know he doesn’t blink like this.