Selling pulses and peanuts…

Sometimes a wholesale market caters to only a few items. These are often a weekly event. Here the farmers are selling pulses, lentils, peanuts….

With noon approaching, the heat appears unbearable. The old man covers his head with a piece of gamchha, a thin cotton towel used for bathing. His wife helps him though.

Drawn with a Pilot V7 Hi-Tecpoint Black pen, Faber-Castell coloured pencils on ordinary cartridge paper.

pen and coloured pencil sketch of a farmers' market

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Street Scenes – Pen and Coloured Pencils

A few sketches of street scenes of Kolkata (Calcutta), India done with Pilot Hi-Tecpoint 0.7 Black pen and Faber-Castell coloured pencils.

Some of these streets are narrow alleys with not enough space for two-way traffic. They remain crowded all day and walking through them means negotiating and finding your way through people and all kinds of automobiles and manually-drawn carriages. However, for the urban skethcers, they are a paradise full of colour and movement and life.

pen and coloured pencil sketch

Street Scene – 1

pen and coloured pencil sketch

Street Scene – 2

pen and coloured pencil sketch

Street Scene – 3

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A journey

pen and coloured pencil sketch

It is a long journey. The farmer returns home later afternoon after selling his produce in the village market. He returns with a bag of rice and a few unsold items. This is the hour of the day when he turns philosophical. The body is tired and the mind burdened with fear — fear that he won’t be able to repay the debts he made from the local moneylender. The shadows outside lengthen and spread over the fields. They will soon erase whatever traces of light still remain. The shadows within appear to follow them.

My drawing tools: Pilot V7 Hi-Tecpoint pen and Faber-Castell coloured pencils.

 

 

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Bamboo Stick Maker

 

pen and coloured pencil sketch

He makes bamboo laths or bamboo sticks (বাখারি in Bengali) by scraping, peeling and shaving off the skin of a bamboo pole. The surface undulations and nodes are shaved off making the piece of stick smoother and easier to use. The poles are then employed f0r various purposes, the most common being as a kind of yoke for carrying goods. The yokes are made with hanging cloth or string bags attached to both sides of a stick. These are then carried on the shoulder. The only tool of his trade is his chopper, an old sack cloth to sit on and a gamchha to dry his perspiration.

My tools: Pilot V7 Hi-Tecpoint black pen and Faber-Castell coloured pencils.

 

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