Medium: 8B STEADTLER Mars Lumograph Pencil on 130gsm Artist paper
Size: 42x59cm

Every morning when my father wakes up, the sunrays fall on him with renewed vigour, bringing in hope of a new beginning - of better ideas…of enhanced sensitiveness towards the deserving. He eagerly holds the newspaper, expecting to read some encouraging news hitting the headlines. However, invariably and more frequently than he would like it, he is greeted by news depicting the sad state of affairs - one more scam…one more tainted public figure…one more example of government incapability and impotency... He holds the news paper to realize that the world has not changed much…It’s the same old story in fresh words, in some other part of the world, involving some more misjudgments, corrupting more innocent lives…and he exclaims…it’s the same old story…the world hasn’t changed much…until he picks up the news paper of the next day!

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Comment by Soman Patnaik on March 27, 2012 at 1:08am

Thank you so much Donna...words from a young talented artist like you mean a lot... Thank you once again!

Comment by Donna M Partha on September 24, 2011 at 12:19pm
This is excellent Soman! I liked the intense look on the face,the details in the newspaper,it looks so real,the details of light and shade..the folds on the clothing....the hands....what not!! The writing!! the comments also! too good!
Comment by Soman Patnaik on September 7, 2011 at 2:59pm
Thank you so much Sheena!
Comment by Sheena Francesca Dhanaraj on August 8, 2011 at 2:21pm
wow, even the sketch of that photo in the newspaper is so real. Super.
Comment by Soman Patnaik on July 28, 2011 at 4:52pm
Thank you so much Poornima!
Comment by Poornima Acharya on July 27, 2011 at 1:36pm
i like your pencil works Soman ! :)
Comment by Soman Patnaik on July 27, 2011 at 12:09am
Thank you Ratheesh!
Comment by RATHEESH NARAYANAN on July 26, 2011 at 7:57pm
Incredible...
Comment by Soman Patnaik on July 26, 2011 at 4:16pm
@Anil: Thank you so much for being able to find the message...

Regarding the policy to use only 8B pencil: Well, I don't really know or have a strong reason nor do I know how it gradually crept into me (to use only 8B), it is not something that anyone suggested...probably...it just brings in that element of challenge to me to achieve the lightest of tones with the darkest of mediums...also it frees me from keeping an inventory of a range of pencils, and also that I don't have to look for the right grade of pencil to get the required darkness...I just keep on working with the same pencil...until the lead becomes blunt and I sharpen it again. So I guess...it actually frees me from the limitation to take a break in between my pencil strokes to keep finding the right grade for the shade...perhaps I am not comfortable with using different tools...maybe...simplicity in tools is what I am looking for....

Your other thought - The policy should be "I will use whatever necessary to achieve what the picture needs!" - is something of a lacuna in me...I have had no formal training...and perhaps time has stood still for me in the sense that I am still continuing with the tools that I was introduced to, by my school art teachers during my childhood...I could never really continue to have a formal education in painting/drawing...I don't know...I regret perhaps sometimes that I never really knew what I was capable of...or that I should actually have had taken admission in lets say, a J J School of Arts, or whatever...back at my place...everybody did encourage me...but there was little guidance as to how I could have had a proper training or branch out to other mediums of expression...so the crux of the matter is that...I am still using the tools that can be easily related to a drawing or a painting...in an old fashioned way maybe...perhaps this is also a reason why I am unable to make much sense of abstract art...only on a few rare occasions have they really attracted me...

There is so much I dont know Anil ji...so many ways to project/express/show art...I am stuck with realism (and I dont know how good I am with that too...), pencil and the basics!
Comment by Soman Patnaik on July 26, 2011 at 3:47pm
@Suhas: Hi Suhas, first of all, thank you for the kind words.

As far as putting life in the drawings/paintings is concerned - I don't exactly know how it comes to be that way...I don't have any particular formula for it...But there are a few things that I find myself experiencing when I am painting or drawing:
1. It starts with trying to find out something unique in my subject...something that tells a story...something that pulls the emotional strings...It essentially means that the subject maybe very mundane, but it hits you in the right place...you see things moving around it...
2. And when I start my painting/drawing...I feel a tremendous pressure to feel what the subject is trying to tel me...its not just the beauty of it that I am concerned with. It is perhaps being one with the subject..as if you are painting yourself...as if its saying something about itself through me...the anxiety in me rises if during the process I am unable to 'connect' with my subject. The connection is what I really want to make....I have to feel it speak to me...
3. And finally, now this is a bit technical... the highlights and contrasts. The highlights have to be in place either strong, or subtle...and the contrasts have to come out drastically...I read somewhere...the best way to gain attention is to put something really bright in the darkest spot with one source of light...that should do the job.

Well... I don't know what exactly I have written...I have just penned down what ever came out of my mind ...and I will not re-read it to make corrections, because I don't want to lose the original idea that just came out when I read your question...I just hope that it makes sense...

Hope it is of some help to you...

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