Madhubani is an intricate Indian folk art and its popularity is rising with each passing day. Color combination used in this style of painting is bold and bright. However there is black and white Madhubani painting too for monochrome lovers.
Ganapati or lord Ganesha has special place in Hindu mythology. Lord Ganesha’s blessings is must before starting any ceremony, venture or an auspicious occasion.
Presence of lord Ganesha is believed to ensure success and prosperity. Thus, a Ganesha painting makes it a perfecting gifting option for any life occasion like a wedding gift or a housewarming gift.
So, in this post, I will share the process of drawing a Ganesha Madubani painting. Objective of sharing this Madhubani art tutorial is to help anyone who is interested in knowing more about Madhubani or Mithila art. You can read more about Madhubani in What is Madhubani?
Though the traditional process of doing this art is more elaborate, here I’m sharing the easy process I follow. Best part of any art is that there is no right or wrong method and it allows flexibility to an artist to express her/his creativity.
Stationery required for Madhubani Painting
- One A3 size thick drawing sheet
- Waterproof black marker
- Fine-tip round brushes (size 0, 1 and 8)
- Poster colors
Process for Madhubani Painting
Start with basic layout of the painting with pencil drawing of Ganesha. Here in this painting central character is Ganapati and I wanted the focus to remain on Ganpati only. So, I have used minimum supporting motifs.
After the initial sketch of Ganapati, I added the finer details directly with waterproof fine tip black marker pen.
After completing the sketching details, it’s the turn of background. However, before moving on background, first understand the importance of Border in a Madhubani painting.
Border in Madhubani Painting
Border in Madhuban painting has an important place and you can learn how I mark guidelines for border in this easy elephant Madhubani painting.
After marking, I start with the border drawing. First draw the margins to distribute the space evenly. After marking I got judgment that ½ inches repeated motifs can be made. So, I made approximately 1/2 inch flower-shaped motifs with pencil. As it’s Ganesha painting, flower motifs blended well (image 1 below)
After completing the pencil work, make it permanent with waterproof black marker (image 2 above).
Then I divided each flower motifs vertically along their center. Right half was left for coloring while in the left half I drew fine slanting lines to fill the space (image 3).
After completing the sketch work, it was time to fill colors in the border. Choice of green, blue and orange color became obvious as it would just brighten up the painting (images 4 and 5).
Background of Madhubani Painting
With the help of pencil, I drew intertwining curves all over the background. Then washed the whole background area with the blue color using round brush of size 8 (image 1).
With the help of round brush (size 1), then filled the inside of curves with darker shades of blue. Two shades of blue color have been used for filling the inside of curves. With fine tip round brush (0 size), to add prominence, outlined the boundary of curves with black color (image2).
I enjoyed creating detailed background in this Radha-Krishna Madhubani painting.
Ganapati in Madhubani
After the background detailing, it was time to infuse colors in Ganapati. Burst of colors makes any painting come alive. Color combination plays very important role in any painting. No matter how good your drawing is, if choice of colors is not good it can kill a beautiful art work.
So, this is how this Ganapati madhubani painting looks like after all the detailing and coloring work.
Fine detailing is the real beauty of this art work. And to be honest, these type of Madhubani paintings in your home can elevate your decors’ folk appeal too.
Even I’m discovering this art form and enjoying this learning process. In this digital age it’s so accessible to study the works of great artists. I am particularly fond of paintings of Bharti Dayal and Vidushini Prasad, their work speaks of fine art and their effort and contribution Madhubani art is exemplary.
I hope you had good time reading this post and it inspired you to try Madhubani painting. Even if one person starts Madhuabni painting after reading this post my purpose of writing this post gets fulfilled.
If you like intricate art forms, do have a look at how to draw mandala? If you are familiar with joys of coloring then this free printable coloring page might interest you as well. I keep on updating art related post on Bhaili. You can subscribe to this blog for regular updates.
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