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Vijaya Aswani

    This City Artist Is Out To Sketch Everyone In Town And You Could Be On Her List Too

    Sreepathy posted on 21 October

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    Artist Vijaya Aswani is on a mission. She wants to bring out the funny side of everybody in our fair city with her cartoon portraits {sic} of normal folks {like you and me}. Search for #EveryPersonInBangaloreCity on Instagram and you’ll come across Spreefirit’s series of charming portraits of interesting people that she’s met in the city.

    Busking In The Sun

    A midnight coffee-induced mania is what lead Vijaya Aswani to read the book Every Person in New York by Jason Polan. And the book basically changed her life. Excited on finding that she could relate to the book, armed with a sketchbook and a pouch full of drawing pens, she decided to go to cafes around the city and do Every Person In Bangalore City — a personal project where Vijaya does fun, cartoon-like portraits of people she meets. It was at A Hole In The Wall, DYU Art Cafe, and Starbucks that this illustrator started meeting people who were either too eager to be sketched or a bit wary of her busking project. In either case, they more or less made it to her sketchbook. And oh, I made it to her sketchbook too, guys!

    Vijaya’s project is a form of busking and when she’s not sketching people, she’s either working on some freelance project that ranges from doing portraits to wedding invites and wall art {she’s done one up until now} to branding. She’s even holding an exhibition of her work in the coming weeks too.

    Converse, Sketch, Repeat

    If you are wondering how the whole cartooning process goes about, don’t worry, it’s not the boring kind where you have to hold still while the artist sketches you. Instead, you have Vijaya sitting cross-legged and chatting with you throughout the whole process. While you are blabbering away your life story or a passion of yours, she’ll have picked up on some aspect of your story, and it’ll already be on the portrait. And the best part is, she’d have picked out that aspect that you cherish the most.

    Vijaya gleefully tells me that she loves working with couples and hearing their stories, so couples reading this, you have an artist to turn to should you need your SO cartooned. While she doesn’t do cafes all that much these days, you can always pop into Cuckoo Hostel and Commune, where she’s a full-time resident, and get yourself a fun portrait done. Just make sure you hit her up on Instagram before you pop in. You can find her Instagram handle here.

    #LBBTip

    While Vijaya doesn’t have any set charges for you to get sketched, you are more than welcome to ‘pay what you like’.

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    Vijaya Aswani

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    Vijaya Aswani