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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Faith 2- Old Man Offering Prayers


Its the same old man whose sketch appeared on my blog sometime ago.This is another image, here he is offering sacred water to the SunGod, standing on the steps of the Ganga river. This ritual is observed by many devotees in Hindu religion.It comprises worshipping the rising sun with water from the Ganga, flowers and other holy items like kumkum, chandan and dhoop.One can See hundreds of people going through this ritual in the spiritual towns like Haridwar, Rishikesh and Varanasi.

This drawing was done on full sheet, my first in this size.Thus it took a bit of time- I couldn't calculate the hours ; I would say it took me about 7-8 days to finish. ..And lots of work:)
The photo is not very good as the paper I used had a yellowish tinge, it was to big, and there is very little sunlight today.Sorry about that!

Graphic pencil on paper, 30"x22"

31 comments:

  1. Full sheet !!!!!!!!
    It must have been real hard work..
    The outcome is super good.

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  2. Arti, it's fantastic! One of the best portrait I have never seen! Congratulations and....bravissima!!
    Ciao!

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  3. What a beautiful work, Arti. I love the position of the man's arms, rather supplicant, which is perfection for what he is doing. Just wonderful!!

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  4. I love this! It is so unique, and tells an amazing story! Wow! Your technique with pencil is incredible.

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  5. Dear Arti,
    Congratulations!!Your hard work turned out beauty!
    Kind regards, Sadami

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  6. congrats on completing your first graphic art on a full sheet of paper! The wrinkles on the old man's hand and the eyes show a lot of character! fantastic job!

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  7. A wonderful sketch, almost photographic. So many hours though.... I'm not sure i would have the patience.

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  8. Wow, Arti! It's fantastic. Interesting pose, too.

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  9. Amazing pencil work! Working on 30"x20" sheet is not an easy task. But you did a good job.

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  10. Nice to note that you started the big size with a bang!... this one is going to steal the show at the exhibition planned.I actually like the yellow tinge, it gives that old period look for the work. What do you spray to preserve your pencil work?

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  11. Arti - this is truly beautiful. I am humbled by your drawings.

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  12. In one word, this is perfect. Congratulations, Arti!

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  13. It is hard to value the time and effort it takes in making art. This is at the professional level for sure. Very nice.

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  14. The details are just amazing.

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  15. Wonderful drawing Arti. Congratulations

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  16. This is so drawn so masterfully, Arti! Beautiful shading, outstanding work on the figure and difficult pose. Outstanding!

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  17. Fascinating work.
    It has been delightful
    to visit your gallery.
    Good Creations

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  18. Your drawings are awesome Arti! Such a beautiful composition.

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  19. Thanks Ramesh and Prabal.even I was unsure how would I fare on a full sheet drawing!It was intimidating, but I managed it; at last:)

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  20. Thank you Tito, sherry, Anand , Sadami and Katherine...

    Tony, I agree with you there- this kind of artwork needs a lot of patience.Sometimes I felt like quitting!It stayed on my drawing board for about 10-12 days and I worked now and then..taking breaks.

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  21. Thank you Michelle and D.D.

    Padmaja, glad you liked it.I was aprehensive about the yellow-cream tinge..Yes, I do spray these with a pencil fixative after finishing them.It helps to minimze smudging.

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  22. Thanks Giada, Asit, Stan,Deb, Carlos,Gwen and Liz...I am happy to hear that my work is improving!

    Welcome to my blog,Skizo, thanks for the nice comments.

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  23. Arti, it's worth the time it took to finish this superb portrait. I remember seeing this ritual in Benares, as we call Varanasi. Congrats.

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    http://iquadridipaolabrunetti.blogspot.com/

    ciaooo

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  25. Thank a lot, Alberto.Glad to know that you have seen this ritual before:)

    Thank you very mch, Fabio.Love to see you here!

    thanks for visiing, Paula.

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  26. what a fabulous work ! how talented you are ! I really love this gorgeous drawing !!

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