It is said that when your work does the talking, do not interfere. I generally stick to that philosophy, but the latest sketch “Aha Moment 22: Free Your Mind! Expose yourself to Greatness
” was an extremely interesting experience for me. It was more than a drawing a sketch.. It was a constant tussle of thoughts within me..
The thoughts of drawing a nude sketch was sown in Tate Modern museum.. where I saw galleries after galleries.. artists after artists… art forms after art forms depicting or suggesting nudity.. Like every kid that wants to emulate its super hero, I too decided to take the plunge.. Thats where the struggle began..
Something within me said.. Sundar, what are you doing? Sandhya Vandam pannare Sundar Rajan-a idhu? (Is this the pious Sundar?) Don’t forget where you belong.. Just because Rajini smokes in every movie you don’t go and start smoking.. Just control your non-sense..
I thought about it and decided to give up! Probably western influence.. Not my culture.. But I continued to track the works of Ravi Varma.. And I saw nude woman again! I started wondering if something was wrong with me.. As brenda once said, you dont choose the subjects.. They choose you.. I decided to take the plunge..
It wasnt easy even after I decided.. While drawing the sketch.. I faced questions.. Am I doing the right thing? Would you imagine yourself doing this? Will you smoke because Rajini smokes.. You are doing a wrong thing..�You are unethical..
This was disturbing me to such an extent that I couldnt focus on the sketch.. I thought about the argument of rajni smoking.. I asked myself.. Is this a kind of craze like rajni smoking.. or is it the kind of craze to practise for 10 hours because sachin practises.. This nude craze seemed more like the latter.. The bottom line is.. I will be a better artist if I produce a great work! I am doing something core to improve my drawing skills and not into something peripheral..
I told myself.. Just shut up! Focus on the drawing.. Figure drawing is a part of every major art curriculum.. It is a part of the learning.. Just draw it.. And you dont have to put it up online..
Actually, the subject selection itself was quite a tussle.. When I googled for fine art nudes, the kind of websites which opened were totally disgusting.. until I finally found Jase’s work.. I instantly fell in love with a beautiful photo..
My first reaction was.. “This work is classy.. It has to be drawn”..
I continued to work on my sketch a bit more peacefully.. I was also googling for motivation for artists to draw nudes.. discussions on nudes vs porn.. etc.. It was scaring me to be honest..
Finally I mailed Brenda and asked her if I was doing the right thing.. And reply was simply amazing.. Here is an excerpt
“First of all, drawing the nude human figure is a very important aspect of becoming a good artist. If you can draw the human body extremely well, you can then draw anything! Adopt the mindset that the human body is simply another drawing subject.
If you have an opportunity to take part in life drawing classes, you will quickly find out that the artists do not see the model as a sexual being. They are much too busy using the opportunity to improve their drawing skills. The model becomes no more sexual than a vase or box! He or she is simply something to draw!”
I continued to focussed on my work and wanted to get the best piece of work that I could produce.. And here you see.. There is so much more in this sketch.. Elegance of the woman.. I liked the emotions.. the creepers �around.. the whole environment.. Loved it! Ofcourse this first requires the openness of the mind.. And I know it is difficult.. A few years back I would have criticized it as “Ridiculous!”
Open you mind.. And expose yourself to greatness!
Nude sketches elevates the human body and appreciates its beauty.. There is nothing wrong with it.. From the whole exercise.. I can proudly say I have emerged stronger as an artist.. The right exposure actually leads to great learning!
My happiest moment came when the photographer replied – “You did a fantastic job. My wife also really likes it!”
Long way to go.. But satisfied with this one
The following is for people who know tamil… Sorry. This cant be translated at all..
“Art-ngra perula.. Attagaasam pannareenga..
Kola veri-le kavidhai yezhudhi tamilaiye kollarenga…
Neenga Naalavara.. Kettavara.. “
Aaa.. Aaaaaaaa.. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa