Moving to more tougher genre: Group Sketches

What’s more tough than portraits? Group Portraits as that increases the variable exponentially. Not only proportions need to be kept on thin lines, but also an individual face going wrong may disrupts entire portrait, not only that but group photos tends to be smaller and not close-up the way individual photographs might be, adding up complexity.

In past, I had tried only once about group sketches and not really great way, so I had to give it a try again. I been choosing the way to create and refine the outline first before proceeding with shadings and shadings too with one character at once. No fixed rules though.

First trial was with wife’s sister family.


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One more sketch: This time with fast motion video of process

After the last attempt, I thought to give it one more try and this time thought to make a video of entire sketching but sadly the camera positioning wasn’t proper and rather than the sketch, it was focused over my dirty hairs alone Sad smile

Yet sharing the video and the end results

Here goes the sketch after the video


After some further minor corrections later on


Sketching still alive in me, even if little

It must be a long time when I did sketching of this kind last time. I used to sketch during the low points of life when I felt much low or engrossed in heavy thoughts not letting me think straight.

Sketching usually takes certain level of concentration over the piece of paper leaving all those inner and external thoughts away from your mind momentarily even if not completely. Trust me, even if just few moments, it helps your soul and many a times gives a straight thinking to move ahead with fresh commitment yet again.

Engaging office life, typical limited resource management and then at home kiddo as full time attention, sketching is sure not an easy thing to do. Yesterday night once we were done with dinner and kiddo was showing me that how she can draw some alphabets even if with some help and has started getting settled with school life, the idea to try sketching once again hit me.

Took a broken HB pencil of kiddo, sharpened it, managed to get a small piece of eraser left in the box and started it on the art book gifted to me by my younger bro don’t know which year.


The timestamp of this picture was 2208 hrs, I might have started one or two mins before this point. I always prefer to start with eyes as for me, eyes always been the focus point in any face.


For me, the complicating part in the face always been the nose and luckily this time, I was through that point by 2215 hrs and basic outlines of the face were ready.


Now it was time to make a rough outline and limiting myself to the portion of the picture as per available size of sheet. Time was 2224 hrs.


By 2238 hrs around, the sketch was almost done and it was time to take some photos and cross check if anything additional needs to be done.


Here goes the original base over which I was making the sketch.


And the final product…..

Timestamps of the images taken in between

time stamps

After one year, Delhi to Manali, A Monsoon drive, A night drive

I might have written more than 5-6 travelogues over social media and blog, but the one particular blog post which might have given most comments, calls, emails, was Delhi to Manali trip. Even when it wasn’t a satisfying one considering the fact that we skipped Solang Valley, didn’t spend much time over Rohtang and didn’t even stopped for Kullu or Naggar Castle. This must give you an idea that how much Delhi wishes to conquer upon those Himalaya hills in comparison to nearby destinations like Nainital, Mussoorie etc. but the distance of 600km+ deters majority of them as skeptics.


Answered a number of queries on the particular Manali trip from 2014 to readers, while I was asking from self that when I am gonna makeup for the mistakes of last trip by driving the same destination yet again. There were four hill trips in last year, but this particular year 2015 wasn’t going very lucky about that. I did took a small trip to Rishikesh, but that was nowhere close to be even counted properly in hill trips. So, there was on hill trip on the card before July starts (got shifted to end of July later on) and brings along wife’s job, my job and kiddo’s school etc..

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