Friday, November 21, 2014

Rangoli 2014

Hello! Here is my rangoli of Aung San Suu Kyi at a portrait rangoli exhibition in Thane, with Kala-Chhand rangoli group. The size is 3 ft x 4.5 ft.

Some close-up pictures:

There was no theme, and we were free to choose any subject/ portrait. I had to increase the difficulty level from what I had done last time. So either a difficult composition or two portraits.

First day:
We were supposed to start making rangoli from Friday, 14th November. But I had not decided on the subject then. My friend was planning to do an old master's painting in rangoli, so I thought may be I should do that too. It will help me understand the hues and forms and values. Got the prints. Then I realized it would be way too difficult to handle multiple figures in varying gestures, their facial details, fingers etc in a rangoli.

Then someone suggested I should make portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi. I started looking for her portrait references on the internet. Extremely graceful face and personality that motivates. I was happy to have chosen this subject to portray through the medium of rangoli. Found many beautiful images of hers. Again spent a lot of time deciding which ones to select.  Half a day over and I finally went to the exhibition hall, and asked my friend to help me select two portraits, one colored and the other black and white. In terms of facial structure, anatomy, I had studied little bit and thought it would be a little difficult considering the time constraint( Sat-Sunday) but doable.

Second day:
Saturday morning- drew both the drawings, went to the hall in the noon- pasted it.

I began with the black and white portrait.

A friend came over in the evening. It was a good day, after working on this a little bit more, left for home.

Third day, Sunday:

It was the last day. I finished the face pretty soon in the evening. And felt that I was really quick. All the training in fine art had helped and all that. Started with the colored portrait thinking it wont take too long.

...but it did. It was 3 am, Monday morning. 17th November. If I was not putting rangoli, I would have been in the farms, watching November's Leonid meteor shower. I always wait for this time of the year, when Leonid meteor shower happens. It looks beautiful, and the feeling when you see the bright, slowly moving stars is amazing. so back of the mind, I was thinking how it would be like if I was in some farm, away from city and light pollution..

Anyways, I was sitting right below this super hot bulb, in a room that felt like an oven. It was some different bulb, not the regular one. Very hot.
I was working on the hair constantly. I removed the rangoli powder 3-4 times, after putting the colors on the forehead. The few strands of hair on the forehead was the most difficult part. Wasted a lot of time in doing it right. Had to redo the forehead every single time. Everytime I do the strands, they would end up looking like some cuts or dark lines on the forehead. So I just ignored the reference for that part and did what I felt like, just for that part. It was 5.30 am and I decided to go home. Inauguration was in the evening, and I knew that I wasn't going to complete the full thing in a couple of hours.

My unorganized palette that looked interesting I think~

Fourth day, Monday:

I started working again at around 11 am. Came to know that the inauguration was postponed to Tuesday. Was relieved. More time to complete things. The color portrait was frustrating. I was full of self doubt when I could not achieve the results that I wanted to see despite all the efforts I had put in. A friend asked me to leave that colored portrait as it was. And asked me to work on the black and white, doing the hands.

Fifth day:
Tuesday morning 5.30 am. I have never worked on any rangoli for this long. It was difficult and I can see so many things that I could have improved on, but I guess, it was alright to call it finished.

Some more pictures. Everytime I took pictures, there was a perspective error. And I kept taking shots from different angles, hoping one of the pictures would give nice results. But no, Im not very happy with the angles, but sharing anyways. It was difficult to take pictures with the light that comes between camera and the artwork. Then you try to move the light up, and camera casts  shadow on the rangoli.
You move the light on the right, the portrait on the right would be over exposed and the one on the left is underexposed. Same when you move it to the right. So I am just sharing a lot of pictures, from different angles here.

Hope you enjoyed reading the post. The Exhibition is open till 24th November, Anandbharati hall, Thane East. from 5 pm to 10 pm.

Edit: My friend Yogesh is planning to take classes for portrait rangoli. 
Here are his contact details:
phone:+91 9819941215

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Some paintings

I was asked to make some paintings based on religious themes. Goddess Lakshmi, Bhagwan Mahavir in kausag mudra and dhyana mudra.

Goddess Lakshmi
Oil on canvas
91 cm x76 cm
For this one I took the reference elephant on the right from Raja Ravi Verma's painting of Lakshmi ji.

Mahavir in kausag mudra
Oil on canvas
91 cm x76 cm

Siddha Bhagwan in Dhyana mudra
Oil on canvas
76 cm x76 cm

They were done in 2 or 3 days each. So to speed up the drying process of oils, I had to add a lot of Liquin original. I'm not too happy with the results in terms of modeling the forms and handling the values. That is what I primarily learnt in Florence, but had very little time to work on those.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Demo Reel 2014

My new demo reel: 2014

Showreel 2014 from Hemali Vadalia on Vimeo.
Soundtrack is from Little miss sunshine.(I will put the details soon!)

Finally managed to make a reel under 2 minutes with more drawings and illustration work. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tidy Kids- video

Here is a little video of 'Tidy-Kids iPad game', with a few game elements, illustrations, animations. This one took sooo much longer than I expected, testing all my patience.. with the old video footage in different sizes, different formats, different frame rate, and the conversions for different softwares.  But learnt new things. I plan to use it for my new demo-reel.

Tidy Kids App from Hemali Vadalia on Vimeo.

And here is the portrait of my mother that I started but is put on hold because of the demo reel thing.

EDIT: finito!

Thursday, September 18, 2014


I finally managed to finish my student animation films. Edited/removed a few shots. Basically made it a bit presentable. I dont like leaving things unfinished and this was in my todo list for quite some time.
So here it is~ Drift, my second short animation for a beautiful song sung and composed by Kori Pop.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Online shop!

So it's been a month and I'm back home. 
I always thought I would write a very-very long post about my experiences of living in and traveling around Florence, but that's going to take some time. 

At the moment I'm pretty excited to share with y'all my online shop on society6! I have uploaded only one illustration and I do plan to create more illustrations and drawings for the store. 

Here is the link:

Prints and things~ 
Some prints are expensive here. And I would love to figure out better, cost effective options, if there are any: What do you think? Write to me here: