Monday, February 20, 2017

Religiously charcoal

The supply of the natural willow charcoal didn't last long enough. Probably I had made the first ones by pure chance - the twigs of the right size and water content, right amount of burning time, pressure - all had played an important part. Also my interest with charcoal quickly vanished for some reasons I can't remember now. In those days, when your mind is still young and exploring, it is easy to flow into other interesting activities.
But before my supply or interest ran out, I had done a couple more drawings. One is SriKrishna's interpretation and another portrait of Shri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.

Charcoal on paper, A4

Monday, February 13, 2017

Rabindranath Tagore - a study in charcoal

On my 14th birthday my aunt had presented me the selected short stories of Rabindranath Tagore. The book had stories about love, thrill and horror. And the front cover had a painting of Tagore in middle ages, with glasses on. May be a couple of years later or so, when my winter vacation was nearing an end, I discovered a powerful tool in the trades of fine Art. A tool that remained with me since then.
I talked about my discovery of charcoal while cleaning the earthen oven. I have finally found an old file with those initial drawings, mostly in tact. Although Tagore was probably the second drawing that I made, but since I like it most and don't have the first one, so, I will put it as the first one.

Charcoal on paper, A4

Sunday, February 5, 2017

The Field like an Embroidered Quilt

বন্ধুর বাড়ি আমার বাড়ি মধ্যে ক্ষীর নদী,
উইড়া যাওয়ার সাধ ছিল, পাঙ্খা দেয় নাই বিধি।

Oh! My love and me! And the milk river between,
Had I wings, Oh! how I wish; To thee, I would be flying.

While drawing I never had those exact lines in my mind. It was more of how the earth looks like from above -  a patch patterned quilt. But when I was reading the book Nakshi Kanthar Math (The Field of the Embroidered Quilt) by Poet Jasimuddin, I could not resist putting those lines in caption.

Pen on paper, A6

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Folk art - 2 - clay horse

Bengal has an age old tradition of making small clay dolls. More specifically terracotta. One such famous place is Ghurni in West Bengal, near Krishnanagar. The center for the production of clay dolls of Krishnanagar. I played with them as a kid. Broke a few of them as well :) But a few years back I was interested in them for drawing. Converting the wonderful 3D dolls into 2D pictures is something of an amazing experience.

Pen on paper, A6

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Office plants

The sight of green in the modern office space. They look very odd surrounded by concrete and glass. But they provide the much needed touch of nature. Small office plants - custom trimmed - in plastic flower pots - sitting along the corridor; in the lift lobby; in the turn of the stairs; near the water dispenser; beside the huge sofas. One day, while the automated test cases were running in background, I had a lengthy stretch of time to myself. So, I decided to go for an inspection of the little greenery. "The pots are very bland," I thought. Moments later I was back at my desk, busy with some pen and paper.

Pen on paper, A6