Artists have no boundaries and limitations when it comes to express their creativity. Inventive in their approach, they have the vision to even turn their hobby or job into incredible artwork. One such artist is Mr. Uday Mahadeo Talwalkar who creates amazing portraits using a manual typewriter. This Mumbai, India-based renowned typewriter artist has been making artwork from the past 21 years.
Mr. Uday was doing typing job in Mumbai when he saw a typewriter artist in Doordarshan. This gave him the inspiration and he decided to start making portraits. Luckily, his very first portrait of Smita Patil got published in a newspaper. This gave the typewriter artist confidence and motivation and since then he has not looked back. Surprisingly, Mr. Uday hasn’t received any formal training in portrait drawing and all his work is self-inspired.
Every portrait is created with utmost carefulness as a single mistake can spoil the whole picture. The process is tedious and lengthy as it takes about 10-12 hours to complete a portrait on an 18 x 25 inch paper. First, the paper is divided into grids and the photo is sketched using a pencil. After that, the parts of the picture in various grids are completed one by one in a slow and careful manner by the typewriter artist.
Initially, Mr. Uday use to work with hyphen and commas only. However, he later started using other letters as well. He uses letter M for dark shading and letter I for light shading. The artist has refined his technique so much that he can make art piece by writing names also. However, he has to be very careful because one wrong stroke can spoil the whole picture. According to the typewriter artist, eyes and smile are the most difficult parts to make in a portrait.
Uday Talwalkar has created typewritten portraits of famous people in India such as Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar, Sunil Gavaskar, Amitabh Bachchan, PM Narendra Modi, Mahatma Gandhi, His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Baba Ramdev, and Sachin Tendulkar.
He also holds the World Record of largest Typewritten Portrait of India’s Melody Queen “Lata Mangeshkar.” Measuring 21.4 ft x 13.3 ft. and consisting of 364 A4 size sheets of paper, it took him about 236 hours to complete the portrait.