And let there work be to them…

sketching with a fountain pen
“It will not, I am sure, be thought that, in making my boast as to quantity, I have endeavoured to lay claim to any literary excellence. That, in the writing of books, quantity without quality is a vice and a misfortune, has been too manifestly settled to leave a doubt on such a matter. But I do lay claim to whatever merit should be accorded to me for persevering diligence in my profession. And I make the claim, not with a view to my own glory, but for the benefit of those who may read these pages, and when young may intend to follow the same career. Nulla dies sine lineâ. Let that be their motto. And let their work be to them as is his common work to the common labourer. No gigantic efforts will then be necessary. He need tie no wet towels round his brow, nor sit for thirty hours at his desk without moving,—as men have sat, or said that they have sat. More than nine-tenths of my literary work has been done in the last twenty years, and during twelve of those years I followed another profession. I have never been a slave to this work, giving due time, if not more than due time, to the amusements I have loved. But I have been constant,—and constancy in labour will conquer all difficulties. Gutta cavat lapidem non vi, sed sæpe cadendo.”
                                                (from the ‘Autobiography’ of Anthony Trollope)
Sketching tools: Bril 72A Fountain pen with Bril Black ink and Faber Castell Coloured Pencils
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Daily chores…

…a woman washing clothes….

woman washing linen - water colour sketch…a mobile newspaper hawker taking care so the daily newspaper reaches its destination…

newspaper vendor water colour sketch…or even idling away time just sitting on the front porch of a house…

urban sketch line and washSketching tools: Rotring Isograph Drawing Ink (Schwarz Black) in Pilot V5 Hi-Tecpoint Roller Ball (Cartridge System) Pen and Camlin Water Colour paints.

 

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Elements in my toolbox

art materials water color sketch

These simple tools are not lifeless. They erase my worries and anxieties for the time being, help me to face the next trial with calmness and fortitude. They are my faithful companions.

art supplies water colour sketch

1. Camel Artists’ Water Colour Cakes

2. A couple of Camlin round brushes

3. A small Camlin eraser or a Pink Pearl eraser

art supplies water colour sketch

4. Pilot V5 Hi-Tecpoint roller ball pen with Rotring Isograph black ink in it

water colour text of a staedtler mechanical pencil

5. Staedtler Mars Micro 0.9 mm mechanical pencil with B grade lead. I use this pencil throughout the day for scribbling or sketching. I wish I could use it even in my sleep.

 

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Water Colour Sketch of Hagia Sophia

A line and wash sketch of Hagia Sophia, a place of worship built as a Christian church at Constantinople (now Istanbul, Turkey) in the 6th century under the Byzantine emperor Justinian I. Subsequently it served as a mosque, a museum and has recently been converted into a Grand Mosque again. You may want to read my blog post on the recent developments….

line and wash sketch of hagia sophia

Sketching tools: Pentel ENERGEL 0.5 mm needle point ball pen and Camlin Water Colour paints.

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Old houses…Vieilles maisons…

I have fond memories of such decrepit, derelict houses of north Calcutta. Those houses, some in utter ruin, take me to my childhood….

water colour sketch of an old house

Sketch of one of those colonial-era buildings that are still striking reminders of a Calcutta that served as the capital of British India…

water colour sketch of an old building

An old house that leans on an apartment block….

water colour sketch of old building

Sketching tools: Rotring Isograph Drawing Ink (Schwarz Black) in Pilot V5 Hi-Tecpoint Roller Ball Pen and Camlin Water Colour paints.

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At a tea garden…

Women plucking tea leaves…

water colour sketch of women plucking tea leavesWhile tea is a popular drink all over the world, few are aware of the exploitation in tea industry. Workers on tea plantations have to contend with abysmally low wages. These workers are mostly tribal people living in West Bengal and Assam. The worst-affected are the families of those who work in tea estates that are being shut down…

water colour sketch of tea garden workersSketching tools: Rotring Isograph Drawing Ink (Schwarz Black) in Pilot V5 Hi-Tecpoint Roller Ball Pen and Camlin Water Colour paints.

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