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The great lockdown of 2020

I was featured on theballpointer.com in 2015. A lot of ink has flowed through the pen onto the paper since then and it is time to share a few things.  While recalling the events of the last five years, the first thing that comes to my mind is the "Great Lockdown" due to the covid19 pandemic. But before I discuss this I would like to say something about my new art studio. As artists, we certainly need a space where we have the privacy, the freedom, and our own undisturbed space to create, play and enjoy the artistic mess. I have designed the studio in such a way that the north and south sides which are longer lengthwise are all glass, naturally lighting the interiors evenly throughout the day. One of the other two sides is a plain wall reaching a height of 12 feet which allows me to mount a bigger canvas for painting. The remaining side is reserved for the display of my artwork. I am fortunate to have such a spacious place and that too on the terrace of my own house where I ca

"Necessity is the mother of invention"

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  "Necessity is the mother of invention" In my book "Exploring the Ballpoint", I have expanded on my thoughts about what the above famous saying means to me - It is rightly said that necessity is the mother of invention. Here, the invention does not mean just any material object or process invented by any scientist, but encompasses everything including our thought process, how we approach life situations, face problems, and find solutions. When the situations, society, people, intellect, or the level of satisfaction become stagnant in any way we feel stuck in one place and then life forces us to do something about it to change for the better. Every time, we have a choice to move forward in one way or the other and it depends on our state of mind which one to choose. Thinking out of the box helps in finding ways that may be unconventional in the normal sense, but it brings to light many things that we might never think about otherwise. But to do so we must also be re

Book Review by Viveca

“Exploring the Ballpoint” by Shirish Deshpande takes an excellent dive into the wondrous world of ballpoint pen art. When one thinks of ballpoint pen art, they probably think of someone drawing doodles and caricatures at the back of a classroom. Not many would think of landscapes, still life, and other artistic masterpieces. With his book, Mr. Deshpande breaks this barrier and shows people the true power of the ballpoint pen. With each intricacy laid out in exemplary detail, he takes you on an exploration of the art form from the very basics. It is through these basics that a masterpiece is born. Alongside visual representations, and step-by-step guidance, Mr. Deshpande has managed to capture the essence of his art through words as well. His explanations behind his work are remarkably detailed, giving the reader a true sense of what goes into the art that he creates. So much so that the reader can learn the ways of this art form as well. One would look at a ballpoint pen as an ordinary

Book Reviews - Many

  'Exploring the Ballpoint' is not a mere 'how to draw' book. It goes beyond the technique and sets an example of exploring a medium of a ballpoint pen. Shirish Deshpande gives a rich experience of line, texture, and nuanced colors out of a ballpoint pen in his portraits and landscapes. Like an engraving or etching, it produces a unique quality of a drawing or print. - Deepak Ghare - Author of many books on art and senior art critic, Mumbai. ........................... 'Exploring the Ballpoint' हे पुस्तक नुसतेच मार्गदर्शन करत नाही तर त्याच्या पलीकडे जाते. शिरीष देशपांडे यांनी बॉल पॉइंट चे माध्यम विलक्षण कौशल्याने हाताळले आहे. एखाद्या मुद्राचित्रात जसा रेषा, पोत आणि तरल रंगछटा यांचा अनोखा अनुभव येतो तसाच तो शिरीष देशपांडे यांच्या व्यक्तिचित्रे व निसर्गचित्रे यांच्यामधून येतो. - दीपक घारे ........................... "Got my copy of the book yesterday. It is truly amazing. Beautiful drawings, tips, techniques, and references. I am ver

BOOK REVIEW

  Exploring the ballpoint Shirish Deshpande is my elder brother. His book “Exploring the ballpoint” not only exhibits his artistry but also brings out the engineer within him. I have been witnessing his art since my childhood. The precision with which he works is not only limited to the art but, to every aspect of his life. He is not only a painter, fine artist, or an abstract painter, but a scientist, explorer, and an ever-inquisitive person. I have seen his precision in making a large reflective telescope himself, the woodwork required for making the telescope, to his precision in even making a perfect parcel!! The delineations, a complete 3-dimensional to-the-scale model of a complete colony, which he undertook for a builder, show, how he can read the engineering drawings, understand the material characteristics, and visualize the intricate architecture of the buildings which is not yet come into existence. The precision with which he accomplished the pixel-level image editing on th

पुस्तक परिक्षण - एक्सप्लोरिंग द बॉलपॉइंट

एक्सप्लोरिंग द बॉलपॉइंट लेखक : चित्रकार शिरीष देशपांडे कलाक्षेत्रातील हे पुस्तक परिक्षणासाठी मी हातात घेतले आणि याचे वाचन करता करता मी या पुस्तकातील एका कलाकाराच्या दृष्टिने उपलब्ध ज्ञान भंडाराने प्रभावित झाले. प्रस्तुत पुस्तक चित्रकलेवरील एक अत्यंत सुंदर व अतिशय उपयोगी असे पुस्तक आहे. या पुस्तकाचे लेखक श्री शिरीष देशपांडे स्वत: एक प्रथितयश चित्रकार आहेत. या क्षेत्रातील जवळपास ४० वर्षांचा त्यांचा अनुभव आणि अनन्यसाधारण कामगिरी यामुळे हे पुस्तक अतिशय प्रभावी ठरते. बेळगाव स्थित चित्रकार शिरीष देशपांडे यांनी कला क्षेत्रातील आपले कमर्शियल आर्ट (व्यावसायिक कला)चे महाविद्यालयिन शिक्षण पुणे येथिल अभिनव कला महाविद्यालयातून पूर्ण केले. जवळपास ३ दशके शिरीषजींनी स्वगावी बेळगावातच एक यशस्वी ग्राफिक डिझायनर म्हणून या क्षेत्रात कार्य केले. त्यांच्या या क्षेत्रातील दर्जेदार कार्याची चुणुक आपल्याला त्यांनी स्वत: डिझाईन केलेल्या याच पुस्तकाच्या मुखपृष्ठाने दिसून येते. या क्षेत्रांत काम केल्यानंतर कलाभिव्यक्ति च्या वेगळ्या वाटेवर मार्गक्रमण करण्यास ते उद्युक्त झाले, व त्यांनी (Fine Art)चित्रकलेत आपली वाट

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

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  "Exploring the Ballpoint" Is now available on Kindle worldwide. Go to the Amazon website and search for the book title. You can instantly download your eBook. You can also order a hardcover edition online at https://shirishdeshpande.art "Exploring the Ballpoint" is a book about learning how a simple ballpoint pen can be used to create artistic masterpieces. Written in plain English, the book is a great resource for practicing artists as well as others who may want to try something new. The book also features more than 40 beautifully rendered ballpoint pen drawings along with the artist's own descriptions of the process of creation. In reading this book the reader's perception of the Ballpoint pen will surely change forever. The book size is 8 x 10 inches and it is a hardbound edition having 120 pages printed in full color. Check the price for your location online. Both the versions are delivered globally.