“Don’t rush, slow touch. Brown and white, like I go cunch. Grab and buy, make ’em go bust…” How many times did you hear this song in lockdown? Women across the world did the #DontRush or #PasstheBrush challenge where they showcased their makeup free face and then reappeared fully glammed up.
Giving the challenge an artistic twist are some 20 artists from the city. Holding paint brushes, pencils and digital pens over the camera, these youngsters reappeared showcasing some mind-blowing artwork. Harish Bhagavathula, Karthik Abhiram, Neha Sharma and Radha Yamini thought of the idea one day and reached out to fellow artists.
“When I saw the #PasstheBrush challenge, I immediately thought why not do it with artists? I included other artist friends and it sparked off a discussion. I shot my video and sent it to others as an example and directed them on how to do it. Dinesh Chandra put all the videos together and edited it,” says Karthik Abhiram, an artist and photographer, who sketched the ‘Coffin Dance’ meme in the video.
Navaneeth Pantham did a Dr Strange pen illustration, where he used the contour line cross-hatching technique. “I am into line art illustrations, oil, water and acrylic paintings apart from jewellery and furniture designs. Script writing and story telling are my other passions. I’ve done many wall murals in Hyderabad. When Harish told me about the challenge, I found it interesting,” says Navaneeth, who is pursuing Masters in Design at IIT Bombay.
Harish initially thought of everyone drawing something together, but it was too complex and time consuming. “I thought why not go with a blank paper and turn it into a piece of art. We prepared a document and gave the artists clear instructions on how they’ll receive the brush and where to pass it to. I sketched my favourite Brahmanandam garu,” says Harish, an Instructional Design Consultant.
Neha is a huge Harry Potter fan, so she added a magical touch to her video by wearing a Hufflepuff scarf and using her pen as a wand. “Behind the scenes was my brother who helped it look like the sketchbook was levitating in front of the camera. It was fun to shoot, took a lot of retakes too,” says the architect.
Check out the video at instagram.com/karthikabhiram
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