A Sketching Day Out In the Field

After spending so many listless days in the routine, I decided to spend a day doing what I love the most, doing some sketching. After many years, I was venturing out to do some plein air (outdoor) work. What better place to start this other than the scenic Pune University? With its rich greenery, wide variety of trees and bushes, it’s the perfect place for the nature studies I was intending to do.

I first visited an arts shop called ‘Art Katta’ on Fergusoon College road. I came across this shop quite unexpectadly, but it was a pleasant surprize. The owner (Mr Patwardhan) was quite warm and friendly. It was fun talking art with him.

I spent next 4 hours in University campus, visiting various places, sketching, and just getting nostalgic. I have spent the best moments of my formation years in this campus, and I could feel these memories flooding my mind and heart as I visited them.

I drew some landscapes and few tree studies. In terms of quantity, it was not much. But the satisfaction and the sense of peace I felt was enormous. These are the moments by which a life is defined.

Some concept sketches

I am currently tinkering with a nice little app called ‘Corel Painter Sketchpad’ (came free with my Wacom tablet). Doing some rough drafts. No concrete direction here, but just putting something on (e)paper.

Here’s a concept sketch of a jungle foliage.

And here’s one of a space craft docking with a space station near a distant world. The craft looks almost organic, like a combination of mechanical parts and organic stuff. I don’t know what this concept will develop into, but no doubt it will be much interesting.