Remembering Myself, Travestying Time…and Phonying towards Perfection



Sketch – 051

Attempting figure drawing finally. 8B pencil on scrapbook paper.



Sketch – 050


Aghori smoking chilam. Think I finally got the smoke right!

Time taken: 6 hrs 45 min
Paper: A3 GSM 200 Bustro
Materials used: Charcoal, eraser, felt tip pen, cotton ball, paper stump, putty eraser
Original Photo source: Unknown, Facebook feed

Sketch – 049

Presents me main man, the Sausage King of Chicago, Mr Abe Froman aka school truant, the one-and-only Ferris Bueller. Respek! as Ali G would say.


Materials used: Charcoal, 8B/7B graphite, paper stump, cotton ball

Time: 2 hrs

I thought of stopping at this stage (below), but then, I had a pathological urge for closure, and therefore, had to fill in the blanks.


Sketch – 048

Sketch 48.jpg

Materials used: Charcoal, water, cotton, paper stump on Brustro A3 200 gsm paper

Source: Jorris Martinez photography

Sketch – 047


A very roughly and rapidly executed sketch. Took me around an hour or so. The paper is ordinary printing paper, and I realized it takes more effort to sketch on them rather than on toothed paper. On the plus side, nothing can go wrong as long as you are in control of your pencils and charcoal sticks. Things are predictable, and if the sketch is not good, the problem is with the craft, not the paper.

Sketch – 044


Materials used: Charcoal, 8B graphite, eraser, paper stump

Third year of Blogging!

Looking at the drawings I have done I am surprised to find how drastically removed my sketches are from the original. The source pics of my oldest sketches have vanished and the earliest I could find with a source intact is this one from 2012. The detail of the face is pretty small and I have no patience with figure drawings (nor am I any good at them). Even though the sketch was originally close to the source, in the sketching process, alas!, the person metamorphosed into someone else altogether.


This one’s the most recent, done in 2016.


Sketch – 041


The hair is not quite perfect, but I think this is one of my best works so far.

Materials used: Charcoal, home-made paper stump, eraser, putty eraser

Source: Young Times Magazine

Sketch – 040


Portrait done for the first time with grid and measurements. I feel it takes out the joy in drawing. Small things gain a lot of precise attention, and somehow diverts focus from the whole to the detail.

Materials used: Graphite, Charcoal blocks, putty eraser, paper stump

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