Sketching out reality

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Sketching out reality

When Aishwarya Raj started scribbling on a white sheet with different shades of black, little did she know that sketching would turn out to be one of her fondest hobbies.

An engineering graduate from PES Institute of Technology,  she had a penchant for sketching ever since she was a child.

A self-taught artist, she has about 25 graphite, 25 charcoal pencil sketches and five oil canvas paintings in her kitty, which either showcase her views of the world or are creations from her imagination .

Working with materials like acid-free sketch paper, charcoal pencils, graphite pencils, charcoal sticks, kneaded eraser, blending stumps and tissues she produces fresh sketches and is always ready to experiment something new in each of her drawings.

Taking reality and every day as her inspiration, she mainly captures the beauty that surrounds her.  Driven by nature, people and art; Aishwarya’s sketches are mainly expressive.

“I draw about what I'm feeling during a particular situation, or any incident that has occurred through the day and something that has been running through my head for a long time,” she says.

A few of her collections include a women in a veil, where she tries to portray a woman’s position in a patriarchal society; the character, Joker from the movie Batman; a man who has lost hope and is waiting for miracles and a girl in love.

“The character of ‘Joker’ inspires me. Being a fan of the Batman series, I wanted to show my love for his role and to the movie, through my sketching,” she adds. 

Aishwarya states, “I may draw several sketches at a stretch or sometimes will go months together without picking up a pencil. When I am not sketching, I like to travel, blog, trek, and cooking but during this time, I usually find that my style has changed and has evolved into something different and better.

For her, more than a stressbuster, her sketches depict her view of the world.

“Sketching gives me a voice that I am not able to express through words. When I really get involved with my work, sketching  takes me to a different space and I am unaware of the passage of time. Sketching helps me to calm down and think better,” she wraps up.

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