How to draw a typical Bangladeshi village landscape

Illustration: AYRA AREEBA ABID


Illustration: AYRA AREEBA ABID

Arts and crafts are now a real academic subject under the national curriculum, so it’s time you took the drawing of a typical village landscape seriously.

As the local record holder for “most gram er drissho shot per hour”, I thought I might be the right person to give you some simple tips on how to draw the perfect village landscape. Bangladeshi.


The river must flow through the middle of the village, providing sufficient water supply to the only two families living on either side.

The river usually contains two boats, one of which sails and the other is comfortably moored near the shore. There are two people on the sailboat – the boatman with the oar and his partner sitting there doing nothing. Make sure both are smiling. There should be three fish in the river, visible, all smiling.

The sun

Draw four mountains in front of the sky and push the sun somewhere between mountains two and three. Draw a few straight lines out of the sun to prove once and for all that light travels in a straight line. However, make sure that the spokes are alternately long and short.

Now let’s move on to the most important aspect of the river: the reflection of the sun. No matter how primitive the rest of your painting looks, this particular part is going to make you fall for the beautiful illusion that you too can draw.

Tilt your pencil a little and draw thick continuous lines just under the sun. Once you are done breaking your pencil, take a step back and enjoy the most beautiful sun ever drawn. You’re welcome.


To beautify the sky, add a few pieces of perfectly white clouds here and there and a plane in the middle of nowhere (maybe even a UFO if you want to let out your inner Bob Ross).

Be creative with the birds. Your choices are V-shaped birds or tick-shaped birds. Who knows how these physics-defying tick-shaped birds fly with one wing shorter than the other? But they do.

The House

Your typical house should have two windows on either side of a door and steps in front of the door. Although it is a humble thatched-roof house with a banana tree in the back, it has its own separate road leading from the river bank directly to its doorstep. The width of the winding road should be exactly equal to the width of the gate.

the people

There should be children beside the perfectly yellow haystack; a boy and a girl. The girl in her red dress and perfectly puffy hair is skipping rope as the boy looks at her and smiles at her, scary. No matter how many characters you draw, make sure they all smile as broadly as possible by starting with your mistaken assumption that Bangladeshi villages are utopias where people don’t have real problems.

Remember, whoever said art is subjective didn’t have to deal with arts and crafts as a subject.

Hasib Ur Rashid Ifti reads books, idolizes Osamu Dazai and plans to check his emails overnight. Send him book suggestions at [email protected]

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