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Amitabh Bachchan: a 'pencil perception' by Sadashiv Sawant!

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on October 11, 2017 at 05:02 PM

On the occasion of Amitabh Bachchan’s 75th birthday, an extremely talented TFODian – artist Sadashiv Sawant has rendered a pencil sketch of the legendary actor. The sketch, stunning in its details, is a hyper-realistic rendition in black and white which succinctly captures the poignancy of emotions that the maestro is known to depict.

TFOD - The Future Of Design celebrates the superstar’s special birthday and sends warm wishes his way!

© Courtesy of Sadashiv Sawant, Pencil Perceptions

Pencil Perceptions, the studio established by Sadashiv Sawant encompasses the wide world of pencil drawings. The artist, passionate about the sketching skills he has developed with years of practice – is equally passionate about teaching others the art of sketching with graphite and charcoal. So, he conducts workshops, and now even offers regular coaching in classes of varied durations for aspiring artists. Landscapes, fruits, flowers, and animals – all are a part of Sawant’s portfolio

Sawant’s forte, though, is portraits. He is enthralled by faces – and the plethora of emotions conveyed by them. It could be eyes filled with tears of joy, a tender look, a naughty smile – capturing the right emotion is the biggest challenge that any artist doing portraits, faces. In black and white rendering, with no colours to support the art-work, the challenge quotient increases multi-fold. This becomes particularly critical when the artist prefers the style of photo-realistic renderings. 

“Photo-realism is not about drawing a portrait picture or capturing an image, it is about noticing the variation in tonal values, gradation and highlights. It is about capturing a particular type of feeling, emotion or mood of a character or a particular characteristic of a picture that is recreated,” says artist Sadashiv Sawant. 

“For the last 30 years I have been working on architectural visualizations bringing real life to the architectural presentations. While doing these architectural presentations on board as well as on computers my eyes got accustomed to analyze lights, shades, shadows and contrast. To bring reality to the images I realized that the tonal play is a vital part of rendering. It is these highlights, shadows and secondary shadows that play a vital role in bringing images to life. My passion to capture moods and feelings in a portrait brought about the thought to use the same technology to bring liveliness and depth in the area of pencil drawing. It is this thought that lead me to photorealism,” he explains.

Sawant’s forte, though, is portraits. He is enthralled by faces – and the plethora of emotions conveyed by them. It could be eyes filled with tears of joy, a tender look, a naughty smile – capturing the right emotion is the biggest challenge that any artist doing portraits, faces. In black and white renderings, with no colours to support the art-work, the challenge quotient increases multi-fold. 

“Every stroke of the pencil is a line in a story that is ready to be read,” elucidates the artist. And when Amitabh Bachchan is the subject of the portrait – expectations go skyrocketing, the pressure is enormous. He has been captured in varied moods and styles, over the last five decades. His face is known to the tiniest toddler and the oldest granny; his popularity scales across urban and rural India; and it sells products ranging from hair-oil to jewellery, and from paav-bhaaji masala to high-end men’s suiting.

Few months back, Sawant took up the challenge of rendering a pencil-sketch of Amitabh Bachchan – and has come out with a stunner!! The actual size of the sketch is 17"x17". “It took countless hours to complete this. I chose to draw this portrait not only because of his royal looks, but because of the way he has lived his life. His energy and integrity are fascinating. Even at this age, he is working like a person half his age. I enjoyed the detailing of his expression and skin texture. This sketch is my salute to the star of the millennium,” smiles the brilliant artist, after a highly satisfying recreation of Amitabh Bachchan in graphite and charcoal!

Besides the legendary Indian superstar, the artist has a collection of some other celebrities from Bollywood and Hollywood, too! Also through TFOD - The Future Of Design, the artist was commissioned by IIID (Institute of Indian Interior Designers) to do a sketch of famous architect Hafeez Contractor - also seen here

So, enjoy the ‘pencil perceptions’ of artist Sadashiv Sawant!! And join us in wishing Amitabh Bachchan a very happy birthday!!

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