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HOPE

November 3, 2013 3 comments

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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
வீழ்வேனென்று நினைத்தாயோ?

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.

Reference:

1. Pencil Shading, basic techniques – Raviraj

2. The poem and its translation from internet.

Che Guevara

July 19, 2010 3 comments

Here is my charcoal portrait sketch of a  stylized poster of  Che. The original photo was taken by Alberto Korda, in 1960.

Charlie Chaplin

June 30, 2010 6 comments


This sketch is another play on light and shadow.  The human brain can visualize missing information from incomplete cues. This when translated to drawing, means when given just enough cues about the subject, the viewer can envision missing parts. This viewer involvement in envisioning process makes it interesting for them.

Ref:

1. Drawing on the right side of the brain, Betty Edwards

Saddam Husein

May 25, 2010 7 comments


A while back I saw the movie “Green Zone” , that inspired me to do this sketch.

Shirdi Sai Baba – Shanta Rasa

April 8, 2010 16 comments


This portrait of Shri Baba has been by far the most time consuming one that I have ever done.  I wanted this portrait as my 50th post but  just couldnt wait for another 7 more posts.  This is my first sketch that I did from a photo.  Personally I think this sketch has taken me to the next level, sketching from photographs. To give a personal touch,  I wrote my parents name on his ‘jeba maalai’.

For a long time now, I have been thinking how to complete my theme ‘navarasas’ with 2 more rasas to go.  With this sketch, I am checking off ‘Shanta rasa’ from my list..Karuna rasa still remains, will take care of that later.

“Shanta is serenity and peace. It represents the state of calm and unruffled repose that is marked simply by the lack of all other rasas. Because all emotions are absent in Shanta there is controversy whether it is a rasa at all.  Shanta represents complete harmony between the mind, body and the universe. Sages in India meditate for entire lifetimes to attain this state. In music it is often represented through a steady and slow tempo. Shanta is a clear and cloudless state. It is untroubled steadiness and it is the key to eternity.” —-1

I used  4H, 2B, 4B and 6B pencils in this sketch.

Ref:

1. http://www.ee.caltech.edu/~gowaikar/rand/navaras.html

Swami Vivekananda

October 10, 2009 9 comments

Source : Learn Pencil Shading-Portraits-I, Navneeth Publications, India

Lady Diana

October 10, 2009 1 comment

This time, I tried to do the entire sketch myself and the result was Diana. or so atleast!!.. Little bit proud of my attempt..All the while I was using a 2B pencil for shading, and I realised the figure lacked depth for want of more darker and lighter areas… After this I got a basic pencil kit for drawing with different degrees of hardness.