Welcome : Soibal Dasgupta : Official Artist of Voice of Little Hearts


We, Propel Steps welcome Soibal Dasgupta, who is our official ‪#‎artist‬ for our book Voice of Little Hearts. We wanted to add something little more that texts to communicate the message, obviously Soibal’s art will speak the emotions behind the words of the children.

Join us welcoming him and do extend your wishes to him

About Soibal :

We must say that he is an energetic youth with a lot of thought process going on in his mind about the betterment of society. He was ‘a facebook acquaintance’ but just in a short time he has become a part of our team. Thanks to his arts which attracted us like a magnet of emotions.

Soibal travelled across the subcontinent and got chances to observe the lives of people closely. He draws moments from the lives of people who are often ignored. After shifting from Kolkatta to Delhi, he found everyone liking his sketches and eventually found out that he could use his art as a way to bridge the social gap among the people.

We are delighted to have Soibal as a part of our team Voice of Little Hearts.

How you can be a part of Voice of Little Hearts?

The book is in the making in 13 languages. Entries are still open. If you are someone who care about children and want to write(in anyone of the 13 languages) for them,

Please pick a topic from the following and send us your entries (before starting writing, read the instructions from our page http://on.fb.me/1G1QxQH / ask us your queries)

  •  ‪‎Sexual‬ ‪‎Abuse‬ / ‪‎Harassment
  •  ‪‎Education‬ ‪‎System‬ / ‪‎Career‬ ‪‎Pressure‬
  •  ‪‎Child‬ ‪‎Labour‬ / Child ‪‎Trafficking‬ / ‪‎Rights‬ ‪‎Violation
  •  ‪‎Parental‬ ‪‎Care‬ / ‪‎Family‬ ‪‎Violence‬ / ‪‎Neglect
  •  ‪‎Poverty‬
  •  ‪‎Healthcare‬ / ‪‎Nutrition‬
  •  ‪‎Sex_Education‬, ‪‎Moral‬ ‪‎Values
  •  ‪‎Rural‬ / ‪‎Urban‬ ‪‎Issues‬
  •  ‪‎Psychological‬ ‪‎Needs
  •  Social Pressure / Discrimination

Amazing Arts & Artists : Pencil Shavings Art by Marta Altés

Marta Altés is an Author and illustrator from Barcelona, based in London. In her website (http://www.martaltes.com/) she features a spectrum of her art works. Have a look and get amazed.

About Marta (as she says in her website)

I studied graphic design in Barcelona and after working there as a graphic designer for almost five years (The Original Cha Chá), I decided to pursue my interest for illustration that I had since I was a child. I moved to England and I joined the MA in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art. Now, after finishing the course, I think it was the BEST decision I have ever made. Since I graduated, I’m working as an illustrator in London and it makes me feel so lucky and happy. A couple of years ago I started working as a part time lecturer in the MA in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art.I always try to have a positive and funny vision about life and to get a smile from who is looking at my drawings or reading my stories is what I like the most about illustration.

Here are a few other pencil arts we found on random search on google, unable to locate the original artist though to convey the credits 😦


Courtesy : http://www.martaltes.com/, Google


Amazing Arts & Artists : Photorealistic Drawings by Heather Rooney

Heather Rooney is a 20 year old college student majoring in Art. She is a self taught artist, who creates photo-realistic drawings with Prismacolor colored pencils. Mostly she chooses celebrities portraits to draw.

She shares her drawings on her YouTube Channel, which is already a sensational hit and you can be a Subscriber of the Month: Email your favorite headshot photo to drawmeheather@yahoo.com for a chance to be drawn!


Courtesy : YouTube & Google


Amazing Arts & Artists : Pencil Sculptures by Dalton Ghetti

Pencil Sculpture Propel Steps (1)

Dalton began learning how to handle tools at the young age of 6 when at school in Brazil, he and the other students used either a razor blade or a pocket knife to sharpen their pencils for drawing and writing. 

Also, his mother was a seamstress. When Dalton was 8 years old, she taught him how to use a sewing needle to help her with simple projects like hemming and sewing buttons. At the age of 9, his parents gave him a set of metal tools for children, which he used to make his own boxes, toys and go-carts. This is also the age when he began sculpting with knives, chisels and a hammer. Ever since, he has created many objects out of all kinds of materials. 

At first, he carved large objects; but in 1986, as a challenge to himself and because of his interest in small living things, like plants (moss) and insects (spiders and ants), he decided to create the smallest possible carvings that he could see with his naked eyes. One day, he picked up a working pencil and started carving it. 

His idea is to bring people’s attention to small things. Small is beautiful. Most of the pencils he uses are found on the streets and sidewalks. Dalton’s work is a recycling process. He turns discarded objects into art. 

To create his sculpture, he holds the pencil in his hand under a strong light source (table lamp or sunlight) and carves it mostly with a sewing needle and a very sharp, triangular, small, metal blade. He works at very small intervals: 1 to 2 hours maximum per day whenever he gets inspired. He works very slowly by removing specks of graphite at a time. It therefore takes months or sometimes years to complete a sculpture. 

For Dalton, sculpting pencils is a hobby and a form of meditation, which requires a lot of patience. His pencil carvings are not for sale. He doesn’t do it for money. He sculpts pencils mostly for himself and his art comes from his heart. He wants to keep it that way.


Courtesy : daltonmghetti.com & Bing.com

More Links : Pencil carving by Dalton Ghetti http://www.daltonmghetti.com/ , by Cerkahegyzohttp://cerkahegyzo.deviantart.com/art/Dalton-Ghetti-replication-270794220 , and 3D modelling by Camilo Merizalde http://www.behance.net/gallery/Pictionary-Pencils-2010/9170921

Disclaimer : The artworks posted here are purely for educational and inspiring purposes only, the copyrights belong to the original artist / whomsoever concerned. 

Amazing Arts and Artists : Photorealism by Pejman

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Amin Sharafsaleh aka Pejman

Amin Sharafsaleh aka Pejman is an Iranian interior designer, photographer and a charcoal portrait artist,

He is immensely interested in hyper realistic artworks. Photorealism is the genre of whole works which he has started recently, proving his talent and creativity in a short time. His artworks are based upon high resolution portrait photographs. Having Photography also as a passion, which is giving him an opportunity to go into details of objects and thus create his portraits more realistic.

Typically his works are in A1 or A0 sizes, taking approximately 30 hours to draw each one. He uses pencil and charcoal and several erasers to draw. Art brush and blending stump are the other tools that help him to complete his drawings.

“The harder the model is, the more enthusiasm I feel to work on it”, says Pejman

You can find more and reach him at pejman-drawings.deviantart.com and his Page on Facebook: Pejman Drawings


Eyes of the Artist – Done with B8 STAEDTLER pencil, hard charcoal, mechanical eraser, kneaded eraser, electric eraser, art brush. took 7 hours. Size 30X10 cm


Cat – Done with Charcoal and chalk pastel, Took 10 hrs

Smoking Man

Smoking Man – Done with B6 Pencil, Size A4

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe – Done with Charcoal, Fabriano paper, Size: 100×70 cm,Took 25 hrs Done with Charcoal, Fabriano paper, Size: 100×70 cm,Took 25 hrs


Homeless – Done with Charcoal on Fabriano Paper with Kneaded eraser, Mechanical eraser, Electric eraser, White charcoal. Took 30 hrs, Size 100X70


Eye –  Done with Charcoal