Indian Tribal Art : Gond

The word “Gond” comes from the Dravidian expression kond, meaning “the green mountain.” The work of Gond artists is rooted in their folk tales and culture, and thus story-telling is a strong element of every painting.


Painting in the region has been happening for a really long time as the history of the Gond people dates nearly 1400 years previously, however, the Gond people could just be imitating their ancestors as there are cave paintings in the region that go all the way back to the Mesolithic Period.

Technique and Style

Gond paintings can best be described as ‘on line work’. The artist makes sure to draw the inner as well as outer lines with as much care as possible so that the perfection of the lines has an immediate effect on the viewer. Lines are used in such a way that it conveys a sense of movement to the still images. Dots and dashes are added to impart a greater sense of movement and increase the amount of detail.

  • It is said that Gond paintings resemble aboriginal art from Australia.

Another very striking facet of Gond paintings has to be the use of bright vivid colours such as white, red, blue and yellow. The paints are usually derived naturally from objects such as charcoal, colored soil, plant sap, leaves and even cow dung. More specifically, yellow from mitti (soil) which is a type of local sand, brown from Gheru mitti which is another type of sand, green is readily procured from leaves while the color red is obtained from the Hibiscus flower.

Here i am sharing step of My Gond art work u can easily learn Gond technique by following these given steps..

Step 1: Draw or trace the desired design on a drawing paper.


Step 2: Make outline with black marker or sketch (i have used black gel pen u can choose pen of your choice)

gond art 1


Step 3: Slowly make patterns with the help of marker or gel pen .




Step 4: Fill the design with patterns of your choice as i have used curves and small lines.


Step 5: fill the colors . I have used color pencils you can choose crayons or water color .

NOTE : If you are using water color then first fill the colors and let it get dry then only make patterns on it by using sketch or gel pen.


Please feel free to copy or trace my design to make your own Gond art..Happy drawing.

Stay tuned for more Art forms….!!

Crayon are not just for kids

Using even just one or two colors itself can force you to see your drawings in a new way.

Crayons were invented by Binney & Smith in 1902 and first offered for sale in 1903. Alice (Stead) Binney, a school teacher and wife of co-founder Edwin Binney, suggested the company manufacture an inexpensive alternative to imported crayons of that era.

They used hot beeswax combined with colored pigment to bind color into stone. Similar method used Ancient Greeks and Romans.

Crayon Drawing

Crayons are sticks of colored wax, charcoal, chalk or some other material used for drawing and coloring. If they are made of oiled chalk then they are called “oil pastels”. Those made of oiled chalk are called “oil pastel”, those made of pigment mixed with a dry binder are just “pastels” while those made of pigment mixed with wax are called grease pencils or china markers.

Pastels were used by Leonardo da Vinci in 1495. Artists used “conte crayons” – something between a pastel and a standard crayon – since the late 1790s. In 19th century other pigments appeared (not just charcoal) and Jane Austen mentioned crayons in her “Pride and Prejudice” in 1813.

Drawing Techniques

Colors can be blended by rubbing them with a paper stump or simply with a finger, and because they are not powdery like charcoal or chalks – being more similar to oil pastels – layers of color can be laid on top of each other to give a scum bling-style effect.

Remember the first time you picked up a crayon, right after you first learned your abc’s? Bring back the memories with this font! Enjoy!

I am sharing few of mine Crayon sketches if u also have an art work to show then feel free to share  in comment section.

In the above Sketch I have tried to define fine layers of Lord Shiva’s hair.and used just two crayons Black and Blue used red to highlight his facial features.

Abstract Shiva1
Lord Shiva in Dhayna Mudra
Abstract Shiva Sketch

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