Save mother earth

Hi fellas,

While the world is drowning here with torrential rains here in Mumbai, I find it apt and obscenely peaceful to take that stylus out of it's scabbard. The downpour hasn't reduced to the least, but well, this is Mumbai. We have had our 26th Julys and our 26/11s. We crawl and wade through waters, and swim at the worst. The traffic is even worse.

Though the Indian traffic police is time and again blamed for their incompetency, Isn't the government required to make sure that the men in their city save hours by building better infrastructure and improved quality of roads?

Here we go with today's doodle, painting, sketch, digital art, whatever you might say! Ther you go, mother earth..

save mother earth

This one is from my inner thoughts to our planet. how badly we are screwing it up.
Being more of a nature lover, I always wonder why do people never think twice before sucking up the planet dry? just imagine if you were mortified into a statue, and a million mosquitoes come and suck all the blood from you, while you still live and see it, the best part is, the mosquitoes live on you! and despite knowing, that once all your blood is gone, they still suck it merrily! That's what we're doing to mother earth.

It'll be trying times for our generations to come, but you can help. Contribute. Bring back something to the world today.

Take power in your own hands. Live freely, breath nature.

Nikhil Bijai


The Boat - Painting and Sketch

Life on a boat

“What do you do every night till four o’ clock in the morning?”
bellows my mom at me, even before I would open up my sleep deprived eyes. “What on earth is wrong with you?!”. Friends, at this moment I would, with all my heart, like to jabber back with something like “I Was doing something you didn’t lemme do years ago ma!” or even “Had I been allowed to take up fine-arts, I’d be a really fine artist by now and not grinding in the depths of a GIS Company that is remotely what I had planned to work in during my entire life time.” But mind you, that’s not the best of ideas, whilst even muttering “I was working mom…” could mean she could categorically worsen your day, so much so, that you'll be lost in an abyss with shrill voices ranging from scoring utterly bad in CET to following good old friend Pratik Pai to wait for another year for MBA or to even do MBA, for that matter.

Yet, I’ve learnt to love my work, and also learnt to live with the constant disappointed comments emanating at an accelerating frequency form my parents. Each day teaches you something, only if you allow it to… and I’ve started to utilize the most of it.. for most part, life sucks away my time. Coming back to the matter under discussion: the boat” painting. Ladies and gentlemen, here it is, after a long time, a decent work of art right from the studios of artofnik! Please give way.. to.. “The Boat!”

boat sketch painting

Would it be a crime not to mention that the painting The boatis heavily inspired from a photograph? Yes indeed. It is one of those rare instances where the photograph itself provokes the artist to paint. Fish boats from the serene Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India. Perhaps the only place in India where water is bluer than the sky. Yes, it is heaven that I talk about. “Your painting is improving!” said Kiran Kumar first on viewing this piece of art. Well, thanks Kiran for your impeccable support!

Pssst… More on “The Boat”:

I was inspired from an old photograph lying around from my 2009 visit to the Greater Andaman. On my way back from Havelock Island (situated north east side of Andaman), there was this lonesome fish boat tied to a creaky yet sturdy ferry bridge that caught my eye. The sun was gleaming and at its prime. The lone boat in contrast to the blue green waters provoked me to get the hues on paper, or more specifically the Photoshop Canvas. Running into a million shades the waters of the Greater Andaman have a mysterious energy altogether. The various patterns and the sky and the water uniting in the distant horizon makes your eyes glow with wonder yet the divine serenity is not lost by the hanging palm groves. Yes. I miss them dearly.

Art, painting, and life:

At a time when Ramdev Baba seems to die out of hunger striking, the Lok Pal is in a mess, or even when the worlds judgments tips on the slightest murmurs insane men like David Headley, painting is what I resort to, to get away from the oohs and aahs of this hypocritical world. Painting helps to, other than developing our left brain (as enlightened from the interviewer at JBIMS for my CET PI rounds), relieve the pressure from my head. What is freedom of speech to the press, is painting to me. The canvas lies there with endless possibilities. And you are the master to paint it at your will and whim. Accuracy is not important. Never. The image in the mind replicated on the canvas is more so.

For your pleasure, you may view one of my poems, or even one of my piano tunes.

Also, do not forget to join my group and hit like!

Till then, keep singin' the sailor song! Also here's another ship i had painted long ago.


-Nikhil Bijai


Helios Greek Sun God Sketch

Sketching the God of Sun:

This is a rudimentary sketch of the Greek Sun God Helios. This sketch is inspired from the critically acclaimed famous PS3 game God of War 3. The sheer power of the sun emanates out from this Greek God personifying the sun. In the game, Helios comes across as an admirably strong opponent with powers blinding like the sun. Whilst sketching Helios, Ive used no references what so ever. It is also certain that this sketch doesnt much resemble the Greek god of sun! But still, this is an attempt to rejuvenate my lost painting passion and to get back in the league to draw better like world class artists such as Greg Martin and Kiran Kumar.

helios greek sun god sketch

Well whilst it was fun drawing this rough sketch of the Helios, but unlike the sketch of Diego Forlan it is not much detailed. I would like to give another hand at this Greek sun god with a reference and perhaps a wallpaper coming out of the sketch as well. Well on any other day, one would say that Helios resides in one of the planets i had made in the space art section.

Until then, please feel free to go through more information regarding this god of sun, and do not forget to hit like and share on the left hand side of the page! and tweet it! it has no side effects!

About the Helios, the Sun God:

In Greek mythology, the sun was personified as Helios. Helios was the All-Seeing god of the sun and was called upon witness when needed by the gods. As a son of the Titans Hyperion and Theia, and brother of the goddesses Selene, the moon, and Eos, the dawn. The names of these three were also the common Greek words for sun, dawn and moon. Helios was imagined as a handsome god crowned with the shining aureole of the sun, who drove the Sun Chariot across the sky each day to earth-circling Oceanus and through the world-ocean returned to the East at night. Homer described Helioss chariot as drawn by his Fire Steeds. Still later, the horses were given fiery names: Pyrois, Aeos, Aethon, and Phlegon.

As time passed, Helios was increasingly identified with the god of light, Apollo, but the two remained separate beings. Helios mythological Roman equivalent is Sol.

Helios in God of War(Information extracted from

Helios was kidnapped by Atlas by orders of Persephone, who felt betrayed by the gods for being forced to stay with Hades six months out of every year. His disappearance allowed Morpheus, the god of dreams, to take over the mortal realm and cast the gods into a deep slumber. Helios was taken to the Underworld, where Atlas used his power to destroy the Pillar of the World-and with it, the rest of the planet. Before this plan could be fully achieved, the Sun God was saved by Kratos, who defeated Persephone and chained Atlas to the world in the Pillars place. During the battle with Persephone, Helios was held in Atlas hand, forming of an orb of light. The ray of sunlight he radiated was used by Kratos to weaken Persephone. After his final battle, an unconscious Kratos was stripped of his items by Helios and Athena. Helios, grateful for Kratos rescuing him, and showing pity for his sacrifices, suggests helping him further, only for Athena to disagree, claiming that "Hell live. They must."

Wager with the Gods

Helios initially briefly appeared during the gods wager, watching over mortals, as he found them to be "amusing". As the gods wager progressed, Helios seemed uninterested at first, until later revealing a champion of his own. Although endowed with powers similar to Helios own, his champion was killed in battle by Kratos.

The First Titanomachy

In Atlas flashback of the Great War, Helios can be seen fighting alongside Hermes with the Titans. Also two Helios statues can be found in God of War II. The first is the great Colossus of Rhodes, which, after being brought to life by Zeus, Kratos fought and destroyed. The second was found in the Garden of the Gods, as Kratos travelled through the Palace of the Fates. Helios briefly appears in person at the end, during the council of the gods on Olympus, along with Hermes, Hades, Poseidon and Zeus. He is one of the first witnesses of the rescued Titans ascending Mount Olympus, led by Gaia and a vengeful Kratos.

The Second Titanomachy The Second Titanomachy section

"The Titans will fail again!" -Helios

The gods quickly took action to defeat the Titans once again. Helios jumped onto his Sun Chariot and began attacking Gaia, throwing a fireball to prevent Kratos from escaping the undead soldiers that swarmed the Titans shoulder. Afterwards, Helios was also seen battling the Titan of Destruction, Perses, and successfully dislodging him from the mountain.

Helios again confronted Perses on the slopes of Olympia, holding an advantage over the Titan because of the blinding light he emitted. He occasionally aided the minions of Olympus fighting Kratos, throwing fireballs into the area. After having fought his way through the hordes, Kratos used a ballista to damage Helios Sun Chariot, causing him to fly straight into Perses hand. The Titan then crushed Helios with his Chariot, and threw him far into the city.

Kratos continued to hunt Helios down and eventually found him, injured and unable to lift himself off the ground. A batallion of Olympus Guardians desperately attemped to protect their god, forming a circular phalanx around him. Being unable to shatter their Onyx shields with his weapons, Kratos controlled a Cyclops to break through the ranks, crushing the phalanx, after which he killed the Cyclops by brutally ripping out its eye.

Helios brutal death.

Helios, pleading for his life, reminded Kratos of the debt he owed the mortal for saving him years ago, and promised to repay Kratos if his life was to be spared. Kratos immediately demanded the location of The Flames of Olympus. Helios stated he would never reach it, subsequently unleashing the power of the sun, in an attempt to blind Kratos. Kratos however, was able to block the light with his hands and slowly advance toward him and smash Helios head repeatedly under his boot. Helios then said Kratos would have to embrace the Flames of Olympus to defeat Zeus, only to have Kratos angrily reveal Hephaestus had already told him about the flame and how it was both harmful to gods and mortals. Helios expressed shock at Kratos trusting the words of Hephaestus, labelling the smith as an exiled freak who had fallen from the graces of Olympus. Kratos then declared that was exactly why he believed Hephaestus in the first place.

Failing to convince Kratos, and with a final gaze at the Spartan, Helios told Kratos his death would not lead him to Zeus, only for Kratos to reply that he was wrong. The Spartan then grabbed his head, and delivered a smashing blow to the back of the gods neck. Leaning back with all his might, Kratos then brutally ripped the gods head off, and used it to detect secrets and blind enemies. Helios death, blotted out the sun and caused worldwide darkness and storms.


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