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The last time I posted something must have been more than four months back. This time I decided that it was easier to express myself with my trusty pencil than with words. I’m wondering whether there would be more of such stuff. Given my mercurial nature, I can only hope.
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Its been more than three months since I made this little sketch. It took me a while to upload. Mostly because i didn’t have net most of the time, and when I did, I couldn’t find the owner of the photograph which I used as model (thanks mostly to my own ineptness).
This is an important piece of work for me, simply owing to the difficulty level of this sketch and the sheer patience that I had to gather. If you must know, gentlemen (and the ladies), I was pushed to the brink. I must have given up on this sketch innumerable times – but I came back. I had to finish it. It took me a whopping three days too. Three days of doing nothing except sleeping sketching and giving up. But I did eventually finish this, and here it is now. I used pencils from 10B to 2B. Not one evidence of HB will you find on this sketch.
Credits go to Tina Simerl for her phenomenal photography skills. Here’s the link to her original photo: http://tinas-photography.deviantart.com/gallery/?q=195.365#/d5028fv
And here’s the link to her profile on DeviantArt: http://tinas-photography.deviantart.com/
Tags: arts, beauty, illustration, style
It’s been a while since I drew something. I tried but I had this block that I was having trouble with. Couldn’t sketch to save my life. After myriads of half finished sketches, I had pretty much given up. But that was before the exams. Smack in the middle of my final exams, I decide that I must get rid of my block. Nothing like all-important exams to give you some divine inspiration. It was Karma. So I start out with something simple.
The photo that was the model was pretty simple. Straight-forward portrait, no weird lighting, no strange shadows and no shining vampire either. The only challenge in the model was the hair, which was all ruffled up – pretty much giving the name to this post. That and the offbeat expression. Though nothing that I couldn’t handle. All my previous artworks had on most part taught me how to negotiate with messy hair, so there you go. Overall it took me two hours to complete the sketch. Twenty four minutes to get the face and the face shades and all that. The rest of the two hours were spent on ..well.. the hair.
By the way, that’s my friend Miral being coy.
Thank God this is over! I started this three weeks from now and have been since working on this intermittently. And boy, was it a lot of work! The whole point of this was for me and my room mates to have some sort of memoir, and seeing that I drew a lot of people, maybe in one of them it could be us. So there you go. Now most of my sketches have models, but this one didn’t. So I had to take pictures of all four of us to make my life simpler, my friend Thridev (from across the dorm) helped me out with his camera. The result of our experimentation was this.
From this I had to flesh out each of them through my imagination, clothe them according to 1920s to 30s style. Give each of them a role to flesh them out even better. In some cases, I had to mess around with the orientation of the head and all, to get the right feel. In order of original photo: Jakes – The Fixer, Me – Shady Barman, Avinash – Dirty Cop, Stein – Mafia Spare.
It took me just about forever to finish this one. The time would easily cross beyond 12 hours. There isn’t anything new that I have done with this sketch, other than the fact that I drew most of it out of my head. Since most of what you are seeing is from my imagination, I made mistakes with the shadows, so forgive me for those.
Vysakh, our year’s Primo Photographer, helped me out by taking a shot of my sketch, since I couldn’t scan this, what with A4 scanners and all. And Vishnu helped me correct the midtones and the shadows. So it would’ve looked really crappy without these two.
Initially I just wanted to try out some charcoal. You must know, charcoal is a great way to sketch, but very difficult to control. If graphite represents control and cautiousness then charcoal is the enfant terrible. Very difficult to control, partly because I had no previous experience with it. So after a protracted trial with charcoal which was fruitless, I ended up using the auld waye. 8B for the darkest tones, 6B for the transition, the rest of the Bs used sparingly on the face. I never touched the HB anywhere on the paper. The whole thing took me 5 hours to complete, no less, minus the time I spent with the charcoal. Sketching this was fun.
The title is a famous refrain from a Nirvana song. Why did I put that as the title? Go figure.
check out the model if you want, and don’t forget to go through the rest of his gallery here http://paint-me-a-picture.deviantart.com/art/the-scream-280119059?q=favby%3Anovogrond&qo=3
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,800 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 47 trips to carry that many people.
Snow on dead branches
Quickly falls, loneliness comes
Shedding crystal tears
The model is the promo poster of the french band Alcest. It’s a wonder how Alcest always has this overarching feeling of melancholy in everything, whether its their songs, or their posters. That is why this band draws me in like gravity.
Before I started on this sketch, I had this ‘face your fear’ thing going. The human hair (those on top of the head, mind) has for quite some time been my final frontier. So I absolutely had to do this one.
It had been quite a while since I drew last and I was feeling a bit out of touch, which would be my excuse for a host of errors that would be apparent to trained eyes (okay now, don’t check).
Post Scriptum: The haiku isn’t mine, but by a girl called Heather. I think it fits in perfectly with the mood of the sketch. Thank you, Heather, please don’t sue me.
After more than four months of hiatus, I have at last returned to my usual kind of drawing. Admittedly, it was kind of weird holding the pencil after such a long time, but then here it is. Circumstances forced me to do the sketch at the dead of night, so that was a very remarkable experience too.
Every photograph has its own kind of challenge. For me, hair would always remain the last frontier. I did my best, and coming back after so many months wasn’t easy. I took more time than necessary (two nights would be it), fumbling at different grades of pencil. But I am pretty pleased with how it came out. Now that I am back at last, there will be more in the anvil soon…..though I remember saying this before.
I obviously used a photo as a model, which came from my college mate Vysakh Karthikeyan’s amazing collection from our Tathva nites. I’ll put up a link to his gallery (I think he has a microblog) when I come across one (and not to his facebook profile mind).
Oh, the girl in the sketch is Linda, by the way, from my college club.