This is my second attempt at drawing Abhimanue. He was the first person I met on my first day in college. I had been apprehensive and talking to him calmed me down. Abhimanue had an open door policy and always made time for the students. However trivial our queries may have been he answered them patiently with sound and useful advice. He also let me take this photograph You can see my earlier attempt at drawing him here.
I’m mighty pleased to have found an art group with a teacher. I showed him my recent pen & ink work and some pencil sketches from life and asked for his help in making different tones. He showed me how with a pencil and charcoal stick. I was supposed to fill in the other half but didnt want to mess up the beautiful work that he’d already put down. It was a pleasure to see him at work. Watching the freedom of his strokes I realised that I need to start doing my drawing exercises again.
I havent managed to save enough white space but was still quite pleased with this attempt. Also I tried out 3 different charcoal sticks and there was huge difference in the black marks they made both in terms of the colour as well as the smoothness with which they went on.