For some it’s the emotions that art arouses in them that makes it interesting, for others maybe it’s the way the colors, textures and lines play with each other. But, ultimately, its appeal comes down to the details of the artwork. It becomes even more impressive when they are complex.
At a glance at the work of Vignesh Kumar, one can consider it as a mere work of art. But it’s only when you notice the crease of his finger holding the elephant, or the painting of a parrot on rice, the sculpture of birds, or the Bumblebee transformer on a pencil, that it really jumps out as amazing.
The Kumbakonam-based artist first dabbled in miniature art when he was in class 9 and tried to create a boat out of a piece of chalk. But that interest blossomed into the prospect of a serious career only five years ago, after a serious detour. “I studied my BSc in a college in Tiruchy. My family wanted me to be an engineer, but I wanted to do art.
So, after college, I joined Image Multimedia Institute in Salem. I tried to find a job but couldn’t settle for one of my tastes and that’s when the work of Salavat Fidai and Karnataka-based artist Sachin Sanghe , inspired me to try micro-sculpture and Hasan Kale inspired me to undertake micro-paintings. shares. And so, once again, Vignesh chalked up the knife and tested his skills. Unfortunately, the humidity of the city did not serve the medium well as the chalk stood out from the humidity. After having tried his hand at graphite, he finally opted for Apsara white colored pencils and grains of rice which resist heat well.
With his new media, a 000 point brush and a penknife, Vignesh began to bring his ideas to life, even beginning to work on commission from home. He also started posting the results – and some videos of the making – on social media for some interesting responses. “When I posted my art on Tamil Nadu groups and international subreddits, many refused to believe it was real. Some accused me of using a 3D printer, others said it was real. was ‘maayajaalam.’ I told them there were videos of the making online, but they still wouldn’t believe me,” he shares.
Where there is disbelief on one side, there is comparison on the other. As an entrepreneur and miniature artist, Vignesh finds that his prices are always compared to other works of art, especially since they are “much smaller than others”. However, Vignesh explains that miniature art is no easy task. “When it’s, say, an A4 sheet of paper, you can see everything and get a sense of the space for every detail. In rice paintings, even a small stroke of paint can cover the entire grain.
So your hands have to be very precise. Rice painting requires us to wait for the paint to dry and the whole process takes, at a minimum, 2-3 hours or can be up to 5-6 hours. Pencil sculpting doesn’t take too long except for painting. Because of that, it might even take a few days. The paint will peel off if it has not dried well. So no matter how long it takes, I make sure it’s done right,” he says. For his commissioned work, Vignesh even worked for a game company in China, turning their logo into a pencil sculpture.
He admits, “Here in India, most people don’t give importance to miniature art. You see many artists online showing off their paintings and sculptures, but five out of 100 would be invested in miniatures. Although this is part of our prehistoric times – you can see miniature art in the temples – it is a very underdeveloped area here. My wish is for that to change and for more recognition to come our way,” concludes Vignesh.
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