My Introduction to Pen Art

The Elephant Herd Pen Sketch

All artists derive inspiration from the work of others. No artwork is truly original in that sense. New art evolves from ideas from earlier works (Learn about it in Austin Kleon’s TEDx talk here).

I have been engaged with art for many years now. Only that I formally studied it in 2019 at Rishi Valley School, as part of my school curriculum.

Seeing my interest in pen art, my teacher gave me the book Walking Is a Way of Knowing: In a Kadar Forest (Available here). The book shines a light on an indigenous community from South India, the Kadar folk. This society’s life is inextricably linked to the forest.

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The book is illustrated by Matthew R. Frame, an artist from London (See his work here).

Matthew R. Frame uniquely portrays Indian wildlife in pen. His illustrations are an abstract take on his subject’s form. 

His distinctive style features extreme detail, emphasizing texture. 

His work has had an acute effect on me. It gave me a glimpse into how my style could possibly evolve.

The Elephant Herd and the Gaur are my replications of his works.

The Elephant Herd

  • A4 Cartridge Paper
  • Rorito B MAX ball pen 0.7 black

The Gaur

  • A3 Cartridge Paper
  • Rorito B MAX ball pen 0.7 black
My Gaur pen illustration
The Gaur

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Published by Ishan Shanavas

I am a young adult, interested in nature, photography, art and culture. An aspiring polymath, I share my learnings through my blog. I also include insights from my favourite books.

9 thoughts on “My Introduction to Pen Art

  1. This is so beautiful! Absolutely stunning..
    I really respect the way you’re taking on new things and deriving inspiration. It, in itself, is very inspiring for the rest of us.


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