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Sketching the town red

art and culture Updated: Apr 21, 2012 02:41 IST
Chetna Dua
Chetna Dua
Hindustan Times
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The next time you see a group of youngsters sketching monuments and other interesting sights of the city on paper, don’t be surprised. These artists are part of the group, Delhi Pencil Jammers. Started by Deepikah Arora, a 26-year-old graphic designer and Prabhat Mahapatra last year, the group aims at giving Delhi its first sketching group. “We came across a Bangalore-based group that met on weekends to sketch together, and liked the idea. Delhi had a lot of photography and musical groups, but no sketching group,” says Mahapatra, 29.

The group has about 700 members on its Facebook page, including graphic designers, writers, illustrators, and software engineers. About 10-15 people meet every fortnight at a new place in the city to sketch together for two to three hours. “The Delhi Pencil Jammers group is different from a hobby class. We have no teacher, eligibility or fixed drawing criteria,” says Arora. The group draws participation from diverse fields. “Sketching is my biggest hobby. I love going out with the group, visiting new sites, meeting people and getting exposed to new perspectives in painting,” says Sudeep Vashishtha, 20, a trainee pilot. “We all end up observing each other and adding a lot to our experience,” says Aarti Uppal, an illustrator.

While the group explored the famous monuments of the Capital in the winters, summers is a time for them to head to lakes, parks and open air cafes. “We like to meet at cafes in Hauz Khas village or Green Park for a session in the evening during summers,” says Aakshat Sinha, a mechanical engineer and artist. The group also likes to travel light with just paper, a board, pencils and charcoal in their bags. “The idea is to draw sketches on the spot and give them finishing touches later on at home,” adds Sinha.

Be a part of it
What: Delhi Pencil Jammers
When: Alternate Sunday; 11am to 2pm; 5pm to 7 pm (from May)
Next Session: April 22; 11am to 2pm
Where: Café Ziro, Hauz Khas Village
Entry: Free