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Strokes of success

Multi-faceted Bobby Sandhu manages to wow you with his pencil drawings, that of celebrities and automobiles. What sets him apart, however, is the fact that he writes, anchors and acts as well! The 32-year-old Chandigarh-based artist shares his lesser-known talent of pencil artwork, traditional and digital art with HT City.

chandigarh Updated: Jan 16, 2013 12:26 IST
Usmeet Kaur

Multi-faceted Bobby Sandhu manages to wow you with his pencil drawings, that of celebrities and automobiles. What sets him apart, however, is the fact that he writes, anchors and acts as well! The 32-year-old Chandigarh-based artist shares his lesser-known talent of pencil artwork, traditional and digital art with HT City.


“I’m one of the very few artists to have received five Daily Deviation honours from Deviant Art (an online community showcasing various forms of user-made artwork). Last year, I was titled a ‘senior member’ at DA. The first honour I received was in 2005 for sketching Suzuki Hayabusa, the second one was in 2006 for Skoar Winamp Skin, the third in 2007 for Volvo XC 90 Vector portrait, the fourth was in 2008 for Ferrari 575 GTC Wallpaper Pack and the fifth was for Ford Mustang Vector portrait in 2009,” shares Bobby.

About traditional and digital art, he says, “In India, we categorise everything under ‘fine arts’; art has gone beyond digital and 3D. Traditional art is when you draw with traditional tools such as pencils, graphite and erasers [on paper]. Digital art refers to drawings on digital canvas with the help of drawing software.”

A die-hard automobile fan, Bobby further shares, “Despite our humble background, my mother used to gift me a car model on my birthday every year, as she says the first word I said was ‘car’ and not ‘mumma’. So, my love for cars has remained unchanged all these years.

Since his art falls under the category of photo-realism, Bobby says that his work comes under the scanner very often. “After looking at my work, American artist Priscilla Wadsworth on DA said, ‘It could be really good use of Photoshop to make a picture look grainy and faded to create the illusion of a drawing. I have looked at too many pencil artists’ drawings, and I too am a pencil artist my friend. You can’t fool me; I wonder why people try to act like something they are not. Just post something real! Why does it look so grainy? Don’t even think about telling me that it is paper, I know too well that it is not.’ So, I recorded my sketching rocess and posted the videos online,” says he.

So, where was the talent honed? “I never took formal training; just learnt during the process. I never thought I was any good until 2004, when I posted my work on DA. In just one day, I had people from all over the world posting comments on my work and liking it! DA is like Facebook for artists.”

“The first few people in India to find out about my work were some Punjabi celebrities, who were in my circle—they started asking me to draw their portraits. I earn money through commissioned projects online as well. Amrinder Gill had his portrait done from me. Jimmy Sheirgill and Kulraj Randhawa also requested for theirs. Recently, I made portraits for Harbhajan Maan and Satinder Sartaaj as well,” shares Bobby, who would be working in Punjabi film Bikkar Bai Sentimental (to be released this April).

About the movie, he says, “I have written the story and dialogues for the film, besides, of course, acting in it. I’m writing/acting in two more films, one is with director Amit Prashar and the other is with a Delhi-based production company.”

On plans for this year, he adds, “I am gearing up for a series of exhibitions in India as well as overseas. I also have an Australian exhibition lined up for March.”