Gratitude and drawing

14 Jun

They say being consciously grateful makes you happier.

Finishing graduate school and (temporarily) away from New York City, I’ve been unconsciously giving drawings of people as farewell and thank-you gifts. I thought it would make them happy, but on my end, drawing embeds them further into my memory.

Here’s one of my taekwondo class:

Another of two lovely guests at my birthday party:

And one I’ve never met, but who has supported some of my projects:

Thanks, all!



Sketches from Sagar

13 Jun


“I don’t care about the world and what people say as long as you make me feel that ‘You are my world, not They…'”

Life is Short

“They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them. But then an entire life to forget them…”

Oak Tree

“Focus on what you will give, not just what you will get…”

About my drawings

What I was doing: Studying
Where I was: At my home
Alone or with company: Alone

Sagar Shah
21 years old
B.E Mechanical Engineer
Vadodara, Gujarat, India

Dragon, Bones, and random thoughts

29 May

“I had just finished reading the comic Bones by Jeff Smith. It made me so happy that I wanted to do a picture on the friendship between the red dragon and Fone Bone.”

Where I was: In my hostel (you can rarely be alone!)

“I wanted to draw me as I was in a thinking mood. Thinking about random things makes me happy.”

Where I was: In the bus, traveling, with a lot of people around

Jyothi Mohan
28 years old
research scholar
native of Malappuram, Kerala
living in Bangalore,Karanataka, India

In color

23 May

Monica-Elisabeta Lacatusu
21 years old
student in physics, volunteer
Iasi/Galati, Romania
“I was with  5 other people that were doing the same thing at an workshop.”

I am happy when…

23 May

“I am happy when I draw a tree, I look at the stars with a friend-bat in the park near my house. I am happy when I exchange great ideas with others, such as my friends in LEAP, and when I’m in love. I feel happy whenever I teach and whenever I eat cake. I love writing poems and I really really like my cat and Raj.”

23 years old
student/ researcher/ volunteer/
Bucharest, Romania

About my drawing
What I was doing: visiting a friend NGO, participating at a ”Volunteering & Happiness” training
Whom I was with: with friends and fellow volunteers

The Idea Tree

21 May

“I did my drawing at a workshop on the topic of positive psychology, volunteering and happiness (with company).”

Sabina Nicoleta Furtuna
26 years old
daytime dreamer
Iași, Romania

Music makes me happy!

19 May

14 years old
musician and student
United States

About my drawing
I drew this in my bedroom at home, while listening to Johnny Cash music. I was alone, and prefer to be when I draw.