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Owliver’s Sketchbook #103 min read

October 10, 2021 3 min read


Owliver’s Sketchbook #103 min read

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Whirling with Warli | Part III

To give you a regular dose of some art, Owliver has partnered with his friends from PhilARThropy!

About PhilARThropy: PhilARThropy is a social organisation that takes art education and creation to under resourced communities by working in low income academic spaces across India).The activities need minimum supplies, and you do not have to worry about perfecting it— this is your sketchbook. Have fun with it!

In Part I and Part II, we introduced you to the wonderful artform, Warli, from Maharashtra!

Catch up by clicking on the images below:

And now that you know how to create these borders, and the human figures, you can proceed to Part III:

Today, we will learn how to make these really simple but visually dynamic animal figures:

While the figure above is clearly stylised and not realistic, you can still tell that it is a bull.

How does that happen?

It’s simple. It is the way the the figure of the animal is broken into different shapes like triangles, circles etc. Together they merge to create the animal!

So, let’s move to a step by step guide to learning how to create these figures to move closer to making a composite Warli design.

Here’s a step by step guide:

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Now that you know how to make borders, individual figures and figures in groups, animals and birds in Warli, why don’t you go ahead and try making a Warli figure for a situation of your choice. You can choose to create any scene: a classroom, a festival, your home or any place you fancy. After all, Warli is inspired from everyday life!

To guide your burgeoning imagination, here’s Template 3:

You can choose to use the material here to create your own composite Warli design!

And when you do, share your work with us at

We hope you continue to whirl with Warli!

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