Soman Patnaik
  • Bangalore, Karnataka
  • India

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Which of the following describes you best?
Art or Design Professional
What are your favorite drawing media?
Graphite, Charcoal, Pastels, Colour-pencils, Water-colours, Acrylics, Oils
How did you hear about Pencil Jammers?
Read about it in the press
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I am a self-taught artist and a student of art forever.

My art is based on realism - Easy to decipher, understand and relate. I like my works to bring a moments peace and calmness in the eyes, heart and mind of the viewer/audience. Sometimes, I try to narrate a story that relates to life and life's conflict with the reality outside and hopes within. I draw and paint to express what I feel when I see or experience certain things - without the influence of cosmetic pretence, commercial hogwash and meaningless abstract-ism.

The act of Drawing & painting and the resulting joy is akeen to meditation or mental masturbation to me - for I need no one else when I am "in it". I love the peace, release and fulfillment I derive from it, for its all encompassing experience of fulfillment that cannot be expressed in words. The feeling is for the artist in me to hold-on to... until the next time I pick up my tools or look at another worthy work of art.

I follow realism-based works of art because it helps me be a naive student,an observer, a researcher, an explorer, a philosopher, a designer, and a learner about life and nature around me. I derive my subjects and inspiration from nature and all things natural. You will not find too many people in my paintings, except when I handle them individually through portraits.

My works try to bring out the simplistic beauty of nature... WITHOUT ARTIFICIAL FLAVOURS, WITHOUT UNNECESSARY DISTORTED VERSIONS, WITHOUT BOUNDARIES of LOVE. With my works I put myself forward in an attempt to bring in PEACE in the HEART and CALMNESS in MIND of the viewer!

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Chitra Santhe - 2017

Posted on October 25, 2016 at 12:00am 0 Comments

Chitra Santhe 2017

Forms are out and selling at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath

Date January 15, 2017

Fee: Rs 300/-

Last Date to submit forms with requisite attachments: November 30, 2017

Here are the Rules and Regulations:…


"Painting, You’re Doing It Wrong"

Posted on January 3, 2016 at 2:55am 0 Comments

Came across this blog with some useful information on how we have been doing some things totally wrong, or with wrong methods, information, etc in this article titled - "Painting, You’re Doing It Wrong" by New American Paintings.

Published in May 16,…


Posted on June 25, 2015 at 12:25pm 2 Comments

Somebody, an artist or a gallery owner, asked me recently about taxes pertaining to art works, artists and art galleries. And it dawned upon me that its such a fuzzy topic in the minds of people of our community. Although I am not an authority on  tax related matters, I stand in this interesting position of a person who has studied finance and is trying to establish himself as an artist. So here I am, trying to keep…


How to Recognise Famous Artist's of Yesteryears

Posted on March 6, 2014 at 6:24pm 2 Comments

Open the link here -  How to Recognise Famous Artist's of Previous Years - to see an amazing way to quickly know who you are dealing with. Its a funny way to categorise and recognise  the famous artists of yesteryears....

Art is fun... so lets have some...


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Some of my Favourite web-links


Burton Silverman

Mr. Silverman been painting and exhibiting as a painter for 60 years. Since 1993 he has lectured in museums and university graduate programs on the nature of 21st Century Realism. and written articles extensively on the same subject matter. YOu can see more of his works here (paintings), Here (Drawings)

Richard Schmid

Throughout his distinguished career as a painter, author, and teacher, Richard Schmid has been a candid spokesman for what is known as the Grand Manner—a certain mingling of virtuosity and unrestrained joy in art. This idea, stemming from The Golden Age of Painting, is the core of his art and his teaching, seen in many books that he has authored. One of his best selling books, among others, is ALLA PRIMA. Get to see more of his works here

Osamu Obi

Japanese portrait and figurative painter's works are out of this world. His detailing and painstaking process of painting in oil to bring out textures is like music that dims everything else around you. Check out his works here. One can see more of his works in another website!!! His works are absolute bliss! Some excellent and in-depth videos are there in youtube from this artist!!!

Zimou Tan

An artist's website cannot be any more simpler and smooth... Check out his works here. His charcoal works are absolute magic! More youtube videos here!!!Enjoy!!!


William Whitaker

This an amazingly informative site of one of my favourite artists - William Whitaker. Just observing his awesome creations will take your breath away. The way he makes the female body look beautiful - while still with their clothes on, is absolutely refreshing. Superb understanding of cloth and female form...watching his work is a whole lot of learning experience. And his still life. Enjoy!


Iman Maleki

This an amazingly site of one of my favourite artists, an Iranian - Iman Maleki. Just observing his awesome creations involving human subjects in such a subtle way, will take your breath away. Just going through his gallery of works is a whole lot of learning experience - especially, this Enjoy all!!!


Tony Karpinski

Another amazing realism artist, especially wonderful with animal paintiings... His super real wildlife paintings and the rendering of the surrounding untouched flora will take you right into the African jungle, right next to the beasts. Enjoy!!!


Stan Miller 

An amazing painter in watercolor and egg tempera for more than thirty years, his works shows what magic water colours can unfold when taken up seriously. Absolutely delightful work with water reflections... haven't come across who can make water reflections like he does. And the portraits too... Here's his blog gallery that will let your eyes enjoy the magic of watercolours!!!


Steve Hanks

Steve Hanks is recognized as one of the best watercolor artists working today. The detail, color and realism of Steve Hanks' paintings are unheard of in this difficult medium. A softly worn patterned quilt, the play of light on the thin veil of surf on sand, or the delicate expression of a child—-Steve Hanks captures these patterns of life better than anyone. Scroll down his webpage to view the truly amazing watercolour works.

Morten E. Solberg 

Morten E. Solberg is a very versatile artist and is amazing in all mediums. He paints in oil, acrylic and watercolor and his techniques range from photo-realism to total abstraction. Mort's interests are many and varied and they are often reflected in his art. Check out his studies here1. More amazing works can be found here2. Some more here3.

Vladimir Volegov

Vladimir Volegov is an amazing oil painter with an incredible sense of light and form. It is combined with a vibrant palette to create superb figurative works. Check out his works here . There are some amazing videos of him working on many figurative subjects which you can find in youtube, or here . 

Scott Prior

Scott Prior is a painter who lives and works in Massachusetts. His paintings depict a world that is intimate, simple and personal, where objects are transfixed and transfigured by light. Check out his still-life paintings here.

They are absolutely amazing! So are his landscapes , people . Truly gifted!

Larry Preston

His still life works have great depth and a luminous quality.  A quiet, introspective quality is evident in his paintings. Must check if you love to see paintings of flowers. Some amazing videos to check too to see his WIPs. Love his works.

Casey Baugh

He specializes in oil paint and charcoal. Baugh's art has evolved over time to become more narrative. Figures are his prime subject matter, and he paints and draws amazing stories.

To check his works, click here.

His charcoal works are simply amazing!!! Heres a video demo of one of his works - Click here

Tim Wilmot

Amazing lost-and-found style watercolor UK based artist. His loose or impressionistic style watercolour landscapes bring a sense of freedom and informality in his works.

His amazing watercolor demos can be seen in Youtube - Here

I am sure you will love them. Enjoy!!!



Art lessons at ART GRAPHICA

This website features free art lessons (including guest art instruction) and commercial art instruction video tutorial guides to develop art skills in a variety of mediums from graphite, oils, and watercolour through to charcoal, acrylics and ink, and from sketches to finished works of art. Inside you can find free art tutorials teaching how to draw portraits and sketch faces, how to paint landscapes and scenes both real and imaginary.


Lessons on basic shapes, Human anatomy

Amazing site for understanding the underlying shapes that form the basic skelital structures that define the final forms. Easy to navigate, easy to understand and nicely illustrated. Especially good for people interested in improving their anatoimical knowledge for drawing human figure - here's the link for human anatomy.


How to Draw Portraits

Stan Prokopenko, the artist and teacher has an amazing resource of video tutorials in his website that teach art from the very basics, in themost simplistic way and while having fun. Check out his turorials as he takes on one feature at a time - the eyes, nose, lips, ears, etc

Andrew Loomis Books for download

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These books are one of the best resources on drawing with pencil (especially figuratives). Lets learn well and pay our tributes to Loomis jee and the beautiful human body!


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At 3:31pm on November 7, 2016, Shobha Devi B N said…

thans fr giving chitra santee information

At 8:23am on August 28, 2014, Anwar said…

Thank you Soman ji.

At 7:54pm on December 6, 2013, akbar mohammad said…

hey thank u soman ji

At 4:29pm on May 9, 2013, Sarasram said…

Thank you so much Soman for your nice comment on my mountain lion, much appreciated.....Saras

At 2:28am on March 9, 2013, Richa said…

You've provided very helpful and productive links here. 

Thanks. It saved me a lot of Google-ing !

At 5:26pm on February 15, 2013, dhruba mazumder said…

Wish U a Very Very Happy Birthday, Soman!! have great time!

At 3:13pm on February 15, 2013, Beejon Sahu said…

Happy Birthday Som bhai...many many happy returns of the day.

At 5:52pm on January 25, 2013, Sakre Arts said…
Thank you for your inspiring comment.
But your work is better than mine.
At 5:37pm on January 21, 2013, Nisha Kariyanna said…

Thanks so mch Soman :) Thanks for adding me as wel :) :) :)

At 5:37pm on November 21, 2012, Balaji Venugopal said…

Soman...It was a pleasure to read your profile.

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