Hope and creativity at the tip of a pencil

Sudarson Ramani by no means let his racquet pass over a serve at the badminton court, but his unbridled enthusiasm took successful when he fell and fractured his right leg all over a recreation. When medical doctors urged him to relaxation and barred him from playing, a frustrated Sudarson channelled his power into the deft craft of pencil carving.

Suggested by way of a friend, Sudarson began training carving wood and graphite sculptures out of writing fabrics and hasn't seemed back since. "I began learning pencil carving through internet videos. It was not easy as the art form is not very popular in India. Some videos provided me basic ideas. Later, an artist in Coimbatore helped clear some doubts," stated the 25-year-old.

Chipping away for hours on end, Sudarson can carve out figures, letters and items at the tip of a pencil. "It is a challenging process. My first few attempts to carve English alphabets went futile as the tip kept breaking. The alphabets appeared without form. But repeated practice on how to handle the delicate tip helped," says Sudarson, who's showing 25 of his pencil carvings on the Lalit Kala Akademi till October 16.


An eye for detail, dexterous palms and persistence makes this artwork of miniatures a niche craft. Although the beginning of the artwork of pencil carving isn't known, some pioneers come with Brazilian artist Dalton Ghetti, who began carving in 1986. The artwork shape is popular in nations like the United States, Malaysia, Vietnam and Japan.


The artwork shape, says Sudarson, helped him reinvigorate his psychological health as smartly. Taking his mind off the pain and serving to him pay attention once more the standard pencil helped him rewrite his long run. "Pencil carving as an art form helped me revive my health. I have started playing badminton now. Today, I love badminton and pencil carving alike," stated the MBA holder.


Now, Sudarson gets requests from fiends who want their names to be carved at the pencil tip for weddings and birthdays. He takes an hour to complete carving a single alphabet at the tip of a pencil. But he wants to do extra. "I started pencil carving when I was restricted to bed. The art form gave me hope and it eventually helped me regain my confidence. But there is a lot more that I need to learn," says the native of Pammal.


Sudarson uses the special Koh-I-Noor emblem pencils for his creations. "I order it because I found them suitable for my work. If I don't find them, I use other brands," he says.
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