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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When monsoon comes…

…clouds cover the sky and birds frolic on the green lawns of the Maidan in Calcutta. The southwest monsoon has advanced further and under its effect heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely in sub-Himalayan West Bengal.

urban sketch - city during the monsoonsThe monsoon rains bring relief from the heat waves and young men have a gala time at the riverfront…

watercolour drawing of young men jumping into the gangesWith the onset of monsoon in Bengal, dengue affects thousands of people. Sketch of a water-logged lane in South 24- Parganas…

water colour sketch of a water-logged lane

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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