This sketch is my dedication to the number of innocent civilians who lost their lifes in the conflict between their govt and the rebels. I wanted to do this 3 years back in support of the Srilankan tamils but the sketch is still current if you apply this in context to the syrian civil war. No human has the right to take the life of a fellow human being.
Here is a old man who has lost his son and child who has lost his father. I think the essence of the sketch is best described by the verses of tamil Poet Bharathiyar below. The oldman while shouldering the kid hopes for a better tomorrow for the kid. Atleast from the kid’s generation there shouldnt be any missing generation, displaced families and nomadic life. After all “Hope is a good thing, may be the best of things and no good thing ever dies” .
தேடிச் சோறு நிதந்தின்று-பல
சின்னஞ்சிறு கதைகள் பேசி-மனம்
வாடித் துன்பமிக உழன்று-பிறர்
வாடப் பலசெயல்கள் செய்து- நரை
கூடிக் கிழப்பருவம் எய்தி – கொடுங்
கூற்றுக் கிரையெனப்பின் மாயும்- பல
வேடிக்கை மனிதரைப் போலே-நான்
This poem’s english translation
Did you think I too will
Spend my days in
search of food,
Tell petty tales,
Worry myself with thoughts,
Hurt others by my acts,
Turn senile with grey hair
And end up as fodder to the
relentless march of time
As yet another faceless man?
Coming back to the sketch, I used 3B and 6B pencils.
1. Pencil Shading, basic techniques – Raviraj
2. The poem and its translation from internet.
When I searched on the word “Maya”, I was really surprised that it was probably one word which has multiple meanings across different places and religions. According to Hindu mythology, it is another name of goddess Lakshmi and it means “illusion”. It is the failure of perceiving things the way they are and seeing them superficially thereby not getting a picture in totality. I think the process of understanding the difference between them is enlightenment. The idea of this sketch is that the external beauty is what draws ones quick attention but its only an illusion, subject to change with time.
1. Figure drawing without a model, Ron Tiner
This day last year, I started this blog to channelize my focus on sketching. Its been quite a journey so far. To be very honest I really didnt think the blog would survive beyond 3 months. But the encouragement and support from friends and the response from other people in general has been overwhelming. I feel like writing a lot about the year long sketching journey …probably will do that sometime soon. .maybe dedicate an entire page for this . Grad school is keeping me on my toes.. got series of midterms in the following weeks..
A word on this sketch “Light and Shade” . I personally think the timing couldnt have been better to post this sketch today as this totally describes what my blog is all about ..Light and Shade. A simple cup, spoon and table salt container are used for illustration.
It feels good to know there are handful of people following my work and checking it periodically. Thankyou all, people, for your support and encouragement.
P.S: I took a photograph of my sketch instead of scanning it, hence less clarity.
1. Pencil Shading – Basic techniques, Ravi Raj
And here comes my 50th post. I think this is a small but a significant something achievement for me. Therefore I am giving myself couple of flowers to celebrate the occasion.:):)
1. Pencil Shading – Basic techniques, Ravi Raj
I have been dealing with serious themes and decided to go for a quickie this time. Here’s a cartoonistic artist at work!!
I used 2B pencil for this sketch.
1. Figure drawing without model, Ron Tiner
A young ,happy indian wife.
I began to think,in India, just going by the type of attire n look, it is quite possible to say where the person is coming from. In the same pic, if the pallu (not shown here, its on the other side of the shoulder) is on the right, and also covering the head, its a north indian (marathi, gujurati, ..). If on the left, its south indian. A salwar khameez, then its punjabi. A bigger bindi, could be bengali. No Bindi, could be christian or muslim. With sari going in between legs, could be telugu or any coastal people. Wow thats a whole lot of people we are talking about.
I guess now, a general statement could not be said. All are crossing borders and reserving their traditional clothes only for marriages and other festive occasions.
In sketching an adult figure, proportion of the body is of prime importance says Pogany. In actuality, the height of a human ia about seven and half heads high. But when drawing, it is made to about 8 heads high so that it looks more longer legged and more ideal.
I have used 2B pencil for sketching and shading.
1. The Art of drawing, William Pogany.
I thought doing a sketch based on a theme. The first one to strike my mind was navarasas (9 emotions) .Wikipedia defines rasa as “something that denotes an essential mental state and is the dominant emotional theme of a work of art or the primary feeling that is evoked in the person that views, reads or hears such a work” . Rasas give colour to human life. The nine rasas are
1. Shringara 2. Hasya 3. Bhibatsya 4. Rowdra 5. Shanta 6. Veera 7. Bhaya 8. Karuna 9. Adbhuta
Case in point – Rowdra
Rowdra is anger and all its forms. Outrage over audacious behaviour and disobediaence, the fury caused by an offense, the rage evoked by disrespect and anger over injustice are all forms of Rowdra.
In this sketch, a symbolic representation is used to explain Rowdram.. Imagine how much anger should one guy have over the other person so as to think of squeezing a guy like a sheet of paper.
A more interested reader can refer these links to know more abt rasas.
Ref : The Art of Drawing, William Pogany
I am a big fan of Kamal Hassan. I loved his recent movie Unnai Pol Oruvan and incorporated the common man theme into this. My small way of celebrating his 50 years in cinema…
Source: Pencil Shading-Basic Techniques, Raviraj, NCBH Chennai