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An Insight into Drawings by Indian Artists
An Insight into Drawings by Indian Artists

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India is a land of diverse cultures and way of living. There are forma of art indigenous to various small and large communities which have dwelt over hundreds of years in the country. Indian paintings and drawings are considered to be the most eclectic in style, theme and technique.

Although the traces of Indian art has been excavated from the Mohenjo-Daro remains which was further continued in various ancient rock cut temples and cave art etc. yet in this section we would concentrate on the Indian paintings and drawings from 16h to the 19th century. In the above mentioned period mostly Indian miniature art was in fad.

Drawings by Indian artists from the 16th to 19th century

The Indian miniature paintings which are the delight of art lovers in the country as well as abroad are so much in demand owing to their unique themes, use of vibrant colours, and variety in style.This very quality of paintings had obscured the underlying base of these exquisite paintings for a considerable period of time.

The dazzle of Indian miniatures left the drawings by Indian artists in anonymity mainly from the 16th to 19th century. Good drawings were hard to access as the art market was only flooded with paintings by Indian and Asian artists. The drawings were only part of the studios of the artists and hence they were not meant for the patrons.

Drawings or sketches are the foundation of any painting. It is only by looking at the drawings and sketches that we can form an intimate bond with the mind and imagination of the artist. Often connoisseurs of Indian drawings state that the expressive quality of drawings or sketches is far more than that of the paintings produced by the same artists on the same theme. The main difference that makes Indian drawings a class apart from the popular Western drawings is that the Indian artists do not attempt to portray the emotions of the subjects on their face rather they express them by their postures and gestures.

In the ancient times nib pens, pencils and crayons was unknown to the Indian artists. Mostly the Indian artists used reed pens for drawing. The authentic ancient Indian drawings were produced using brushes like the Japanese and Chinese counterparts of Indian artists. These brushes were made using squirrel tail hair. And the Indian artists mastered the art of using brushes for sketching and drawing. Charcoal was also used quite often.