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I do sketchings for two reasons : One for recording the basic and essential details of an object, to be used as reference for the final painting and the other, for the pleasure of sketching for its own sake!

On my wildlife camps with friends or wanderings in the country-side, I have done fair amount of the second type.

 
 

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For my tree-paintings however, I need to do sketching in a more realistic manner, focusing on the typical or peculiar characteristics of fruits, flowers, leaves, branches, birds and animals with minute details and they are often accompanied with various notes.

Interestigly, my final tree-paintings are much stylized and even graphic at times. These study-sketchings are like the riyaz or the regular practice-sessions of a musician who presents his art in a concert, choosing selectively and according to some plan.