Vic­tor Si­tali

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“Ilook at work­ing with char­coal as just an­other medium in art. Yes, you get to use only one colour, but that does not limit your cre­ativ­ity. Rather, if you use it well, you can cre­ate ex­tremely clear and pow­er­ful im­ages,” says Vic­tor Si­tali. He started work­ing with the medium only last year and says his de­ci­sion was in­spired by the works of Casey Baugh, an Amer­i­can artist. “I re­ally ad­mire his work and fol­low them closely. His por­traits are so real that one could con­fuse them for pho­to­graphs! Also, I feel that with char­coal one needs to be ex­tremely pa­tient. You may not be able to mas­ter the medium right away, but keep at it and you will fall in love. I keep ex­per­i­ment­ing and get­ting bet­ter with ev­ery piece, which is a won­der­ful feel­ing.” Vic­tor uses Strath­more artist pa­per and graphite char­coal and spray. While it can take longer, he says he has been able to com­plete a few works within an hour each. “Lay­er­ing is a big chal­lenge for me. If you can get it right while the work is in progress, you can pro­duce a pre­cise, per­fect por­trait.” purva@khalee­j­

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