22x30cm
Medium: 8B STEADTLER Mars Lumograph Pencil on 130gsm Artist paper

The drawing is still incomplete...like many of us who lead an incomplete life, life devoid of true substance of any reckoning. However, we all are, in some way or the other, trying our best to make it meaningful...

I have named the drawing "Life", since the picture shows how one can go up or down over the course of one's life.

The cracks and fissures on the wall are the lines/wrinkles that speak stories of rough and tough times one has gone through...The more you get older, the more lines we see on faces. The cemented patches shows how we have covered and made up for those tought times and one's experience along the way...

The small plants on the steps are the rewards that we get every once in a while that keeps us going...

The uneven and different sized stones/boulders that make the wall are like the unique building blocks of our society that may be ugly and uneven, but stay together so that each one of us has a chance to move up or down as one chooses...

The shadows of the leaves on the wall are like impressions and imprints of other people that keep changing with the constantly changing brightness during the day and the darkness of the night spanning our journey called 'Life'.

I hope you get the interpretation...its just the way I look at things that I come across, every once in a while...

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Comment by Kannan Sundararul S on September 3, 2012 at 12:04am

amazing yaar.. i want to know whether u r using any extra white pencils to show the light rays...

Also the shadows were excellent.. u r too brilliant  in bringing out that effect

Comment by Soman Patnaik on March 27, 2012 at 1:36am

Thank you so much Jayaprakash and Ganapathy!

Comment by Ganapathy Subramaniam (GS) on February 23, 2012 at 11:36pm

Wow! Amazing picture. great composition,  enough drama and mystery. Masterly rendering. Simply remarkable textures! especially the pattern on the concrete.. 

Some pictures I look at and I really want to know how particular things were achieved.

This picture..... I look at, and I simply adore.

And to top it... a great interpretation.

Comment by JAYAPRAKASH P V on October 31, 2011 at 7:20pm
hi where i can buy STEADTLER Mars Lumograph Pencil in bangalore..?. wats the cost..? is it comes by set of pencils or can we buy individual shades??
Comment by Soman Patnaik on October 31, 2011 at 6:18pm

Hi Jayaprakash...yes! I was holding a workshop at Pencil Jam studios...but it was on 22nd and 29th of October...and so is over now...

Maybe...you can talk to George or Smitha and they can arrange something...for you...something on going or coming soon..

And yes! this was the picture chosen for the poster of the workshop.

Comment by JAYAPRAKASH P V on October 31, 2011 at 3:57pm
at CKP!
Comment by JAYAPRAKASH P V on October 31, 2011 at 3:18pm
hi.. i have seen this pic as a poster for an charcoal workshop event..! are you organizing that event?? if so tell me let me join!
Comment by Soman Patnaik on October 3, 2011 at 3:44pm
Thank you Donna...
Comment by Donna M Partha on September 19, 2011 at 12:42pm
I admire the light effect on the stairs and the thought behind the sketch!
Comment by Soman Patnaik on August 25, 2011 at 3:23pm
Thank you so much Prabodh and Dinesh!

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