Beginning the journey of more than a lockdown artist!

by Aejal D. Patel
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To begin with, I am not a person who can draw effortlessly. In fact, I might use a scale and the line would still not be straight. But somehow I got into drawing, more of doodling. My bench mates are a witness to doodles in my maths lectures until I started doodling outside of class.

So to feed my brain with some novelty in the monotonous days of the lockdown I started drawing.

I found myself very lucky that of all the things I had with me, I had colours with me.

Instagram proved to be a boon and I got so many tutorials for free.

An Instagram artist who I became very familiar with was Sefi George aka @summer_scribbles.

She posted a new tutorial each day for two months on Instagram plus she answered all my questions. She has everything from landscapes to patterns to doodles in her highlighted stories which was extremely useful for me.

So with some borrowed inspiration from the artists, I started drawing. One thing led to another and I went from drawing to defeat boredom to drawing to do something interesting.

So I used to do an activity related to drawing and colouring each day-watch a tutorial, try a tutorial, follow more people on Instagram, create a new art account on Instagram.
In the monotonous summer days of April and May, I found the knowledge of cool colours and warm colours.

All of these made me very aware of my surrounding, the yellow in the leaves of the plants became visible to me. I sat down one day to observe the setting of the sun one day and discovered that it is not completely yellow at the center, the tinge of red and orange became more definite. Now I know how to turn a circle into a flower or a clock. I liked the change that was happening.

It felt like a vast sea of possibilities opened up for me. I became a curious cat. I want to learn how to paint a sea one day, I want to make my own character doodle, I want to try and make a cactus look cute,ย  I want to draw a bird in flight, I want to draw running water, I want to draw the swimming fishes, I want to draw the mountains too but I no longer want to stop. (Yes yes, it isย  the Bunny version of me ‘udna chahtu hu ,dodna chahtu hu,’ only in terms of drawing and coloring..)

In the end when all this pandemic stuff is done in the world, (yes I am hopeful), I do not want to remain a lockdown artist.
Hence with a mixture of fear and faith, I invite everyone reading this blog to come, behold my journey.

Which activity kept you entertained this lockdown and you wanted to keep it forever? Which hobby did you pick up? What kept you sane during these crazy days?

Tell us about your tales, I would love to hear your stories.

My Experience in a box

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12 comments

Viraj Kalsariya June 11, 2020 - 4:32 pm

I wish you a good luck and I would very much like to read your further blogs ๐Ÿ˜Š.
I pick a hobby of everyday reading and I want to keep it forever ๐Ÿ˜ƒ.

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Aejal D. Patel June 12, 2020 - 6:59 pm

Thank you for the good Luck. Reading will take you on many adventures!๐Ÿ˜Š

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Pallavi June 11, 2020 - 5:59 pm

Wow! The blog looks really dreamy and artsy. Waiting for more!

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Aejal D. Patel June 12, 2020 - 6:59 pm

Thank You. I will come up with more very soon.๐Ÿ˜Š

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Vishal Warule June 12, 2020 - 11:49 pm

Good job Aejal. Reading it was like hearing someone’s inner voice. Loved to see that you portrayed the voice of child inside you.
Keep it up.

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Aejal D. Patel June 13, 2020 - 10:20 pm

Thank You Vishal. It is good to know you could connect to my words.

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@vasthi June 13, 2020 - 11:42 am

Very nice to read your blog and it must have flowed a lot and And your painting is very beautiful.

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Aejal D. Patel June 13, 2020 - 10:21 pm

Thank You so Much! I am glad you took time to see and read as well.

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Hitesh June 13, 2020 - 5:29 pm

You wrote that aejal….its very engaging and simple๐Ÿ˜.
I love you more than before since you picked drawing in this lockdown.I love the way you got involved so much in this art world where there is no boundaries to think out of box.
I challenged myself for 100 days continuously drawing something…but i failed a bit in that continuous part.Its been more than a month and yet i am on 24th day๐Ÿ˜‚.
Overall i am really happy for you that you loved doing art

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Aejal D. Patel June 13, 2020 - 10:23 pm

I am completely overwhelmed by your kind words. You are right, there are no boundaries at all, this is why I get so immersed into it. I hope you complete your personal Challenge.

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Matlida Cook June 17, 2020 - 1:10 pm

Gosh! Now this is something really intresting. I read your blog the first time. It’s been few days and I am reading it again. I didn’t understand the “Bunny Version Thing” But the rest of it is as amazing as it can get.

These past few days I’ve been occupied helping one of my son’s recovery at the hospital finally I’m home and he is fine. I am sound absurd but taking care of children has kinda been my hobby all along. Haha. Keeping me sane in the lockdown and a happy place for me. I have a thing for the innocence of the children. They make me happy, they seek attention, and they are unpredictable, they don’t care about the major problems they just live along within the world which is limited by their house. Gosh! I wish I was a child. The adult ones would take care of me and I would have no problems to deal with. This is my side of story.
I hope to read more of your blog posts soon. Don’t make us wait. Hahaha

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Aejal D. Patel June 29, 2020 - 11:34 am

I am glad your child is well now. Deep down everyone wants someone else to take care of us while being adults, children are really innocent. I love how they are curious about everything and very confident in what they do.
I will come up with a new blog soon, meanwhile you can check my instagram or gallery for updates.
You’ll have to watch a bollywood movie called Yeh Jawani hai Deewani to understand the bunny thing. Its a good movie! I hope you like it. It was great reading your comment.

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