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Sketchbook > Charcoals & Pencils - Book 2

...blah blah blah from book 1. If you survived that onslaught, you will probably survive this . Book 2 also includes two memory-sketches of domestic revelry.

Brings to my mind the value of drawing from memory as opposed to using a reference. For people like me, who are always hungry for authentic details, it is often difficult to trust memory. Yet trust I must, because a reference, after my choice, posture and time is not readily available. Sometimes, its practically impossible - consider the crucified figure in "Nun". In such circumstances, I must allow the brain to create a composite of the various reference studies or simple observations(of people and things) made over a lifetime. That is drawing from memory.

I will not make a value judgement on which is more difficult, or creditable, and which is less. Let me simply state that real-life studies are often practically impossible, and memory studies, even if they allow a much greater degree of compositional freedom, often lack authenticity as regards detail.

In the end, it all depends on where your priorities lie, and what kind of work you are aiming to do. The last sketch is a prelim for an extensive oil - again a memory drawing from a chance sighting on the Howrah Railway Station. "Saraswati" is a sketch of an idol of the Goddess of Learning, except the face, which came from my imagination.

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<< Folds of sari - 6" x 8" / Dry Conte on Paper

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Saraswati >>
8" x 11 " / Graphite on Paper

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<< Revelry 1 - 8" x 9" / Graphite and watercolor on Paper

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Revelry 2 >>
8" x 9 " / Graphite on Paper

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<< Black Pot and Gourd - 8" x 11 " / Charcoal, Dry Conte on Paper.

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Steel >>
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<< Two Worlds - 8" x 11 " / Graphite on Paper

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