Burning Ghat. The image of the burning corpses in Varanasi, India, sticks to my mind. (see a few posts ago)
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The “Burning Ghat” of Varanasi (Benares), on the Ganges. The place where the Indians cremate their dead.
We stood on a balcony in the billowing smoke, only 3 meters above the burning corpses. I did not draw or photograph this on location, I considered that to be disrespectful for the dead. Instead I memorized the scene and drew this later that night in the hotel. Not difficult, not only can I recall the scene in every detail even now, I dreamt about it for days.
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Drawn in Varanasi (Benares) in India. Three forms of taxirides. The middle car is an Ambassador, based on a 50s British Austin Morris. It’s still in production, somehow they did better than the original British brands.
When I was drawing the curious taxidriver told me this one was 4 years old, had fuel injection, hydraulic brakes and power steering. I would never have guessed.
Varanasi, India, sketch over the huses on the Ganges. Also known as Benares. It’s where hindu people bath in the holy water.