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Sketching, especially with charcoal, graphite, or dry conte is fun! Its spontaneous, quick and comparatively less messy - even though my thumb and index gets smeared in no time at all. Sketches are usually meant for preliminary study. However, they could be finished works of art in their own right.

I think most inclusions to this page are just that - finished drawings. I did not wish to further develop the Peruvian mummy(which, honestly was not done in Peru, but from a photograph of that original human remain which inspired Gauguin in his childood) and like it as it is. The Huko(or Hukkah, if that sounds familiar) is a product of my sojourn to Ganga Sagar, a delta island in Bengal where thousands of sadhus, pilgrims and a few non-salvageable souls like me congregate each year. I went only once though.

The pine cones were meant to be finished pictures from the begining, and I rather like the balance between the smudges, eraser marks and hatches. I tend to be biased towards oblique striations as compared to even smudges(which to my mind, give drawings a smooth, but less vigourous look). All these are technicalities vital to the construction of a succesful work of art, likes notes of music which must be arranged in an order so as not to produce noise. A sketch need not immediately say something, but it adds up to those instances which collectively identify the artist. A work of art could, or sometimes should stand apart from the creator, on its own right, yet an association with the artist may also make it interesting.

Sketches done in an artists lifetime, especially those done in charcoal or graphite, because they usually tend to be so spontaneous, help build up that association. It helps us know the artist inside out. Think about Sien and Vincent, disregard Vincent's letters to Theo during that period, and consider his sketches of "their family" - do they, or do they not make us more intimate with that mad dutchman?

Of course, sketches could be utterly impersonal as well, but that's a different issue...

Remember to go through book 2 of the graphite/charcoal section when you are done with Book 1. Thanks!

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The Elephant Within >>
10.6" x 9.1" / Graphite on paper

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<< Orchid - 9.1" x 10.6" / Charcoal, color pencils on Paper

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Wee lover of nuts >>
8" x 11 " / Charcoal pencil and color pencils on paper

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<< Saraswati (a sketch from the community pandal) - 8" x 11 " / Graphite on Paper

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Ma taking afternoon nap >>
8" x 11 " / Graphite on Paper

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<< Interior - 8" x 11 " / Graphite on Paper

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Cactus in Ma's garden >>
8" x 11 " / Charcoal on Paper

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<< Chapa in Ma's garden - 8" x 11 " / Graphite on Paper

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Mermaid of Copenhagen - quick sketch from photo reference >>
8" x 11 " / Dry Pastel on Paper

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A few more sketches from Santiniketan (2003) may be found here. 
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<< Tetoolbari - Now! (Santiniketan Feb '05) - 8" x 11 " / Charcoal on Paper

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Teacher of Esthetics Santiniketan - 10 min sketch >>
8" x 11 " / Charcoal on Paper

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<< Finger-painted vase and half-burnt sticks (Tetoolbari) - 8" x 11 " / Charcoal on Paper

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The Horse Medic >>
(Preliminary Sketch) - 10.5" x 14.5" / Charcoal Pencil & Watercolor on paper

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<< Sadhu - 8" x 11 " / Graphite on Paper

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Peruvian Mummy >>
8" x 11 " / Charcoal on Paper

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<< Pineapple - 10.5" x 14.5" / Graphite and Dry Conte on Paper

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Doll 3 >>
8" x 11 " / Dry Conte on Paper

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<< Doll 4 - 8" x 11 " / Charcoal on Paper

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The Fist >>
7 " x 6" / Graphite on Paper

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<< Huko at Gangasagar - 8" x 11 " / Graphite/ watercolor on Paper

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Pine Cone >>
10.5 " x 3" / Charcoal on Paper

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<< Pine Cones - 10.5" x 11 " / Charcoal on Paper

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Two Ugly Feet >>
8" x 11 " / Graphite on Paper

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<< Sketching Gods - 8" x 11 " / Graphite on Paper

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Dhoopdani >>
4 " x 6" / Graphite on Paper

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