Monday, February 22, 2010

Pencil Sketching

Amidst those boring and sedating lectures on Antigens and Antibodies intoxicating the mind with infectious diseases worse than malaria and chikungunia and the multistep pathways explaining the synthesis of cholesterol ( exemplifying the fact that cholesterol leads to an attack!),the only thing which kept me awake during my college days was my habit of scribbling some abstract forms on the last few pages of my book or my neighbour's. That was when I discovered the charm of Pencil Art.
Without much pompus and grandeur, this art defies simplicity and elegance through the transcending shades of dark and light HB pencils, smudged neatly with bits of papers or fingers. Anything under the sun right from funny cartoons and caricatures to mighty landscapes and portraits sports a classic touch when sketched in black against a white background. Though I intially considered it as a mere timepass, I soon learnt the insights and the associated techniques such as spray effects, eraser effects, sharpening dust effect, graphite pencil sketching, charcoal sketching, etc apart from the different styles and strokes of shading. One wouldn't essentially require an artistic nerve in the mind to accomplish this, but it could be one of the few ways to expand your artistic horizons. As for me, pencil sketching served as an inception into my journey of art and is indeed an art very close to my heart!