Varanasi man by Colombe  Cambourne

From a photo by Amre Ghiba

This is a man from the holy city of Varanasi (or Benares), on the Ganges River in the Northern state of Uttar Pradesh in India.
He appears to have quite a scar on his cheek, possibly due to some sort of body piercing. There seems to be another hole in his other cheek and this makes me guess that he must have pierced his face with a metal bar, that went right through his mouth!

Pastel pencils (Derwent & Stabilo)
Tex Mi-teintes paper in old rose colour.


  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 4 years ago

    Amazing work Colombe , beautiful pastel work. x

  • Thank you Irene, you’re always here to encourage me!

    – Colombe Cambourne

  • Corinne Pouzet
    Corinne Pouzetover 4 years ago

    Oh ces yeux et ce regard !!!! Quelle intensité, c’est fou …
    Bravo pour ce beau pastel, pour les couleurs adoptées et aussi pour le détail des poils de la moustache et barbiche. Tu as bien fait de nous dire ce qu’étaient ces deux trous dans ses joues. C’est incroyable cette histoire !
    Allez un nouveau portrait qui sera fituraide sans délai j’en suis sûre

  • Mais oui, tu te rends compte? C’est un tour de fakir tout ça.
    Merci grande soeurette pour tes commentaires loyaux et toujours généreux. Biz

    – Colombe Cambourne

  • Picatso
    Picatsoover 4 years ago

    Oh wow!!! Colombe, this is just fantastic. You have an extremely keen eye for detail. I can only look at this in awe…

  • That’s a very nice comment, thank you so much! But you know, I think that RB makes the picture come out differently compared with the original. It seems to smooth out the look and makes the painting look more lifelike…..

    – Colombe Cambourne

  • Leslie Gustafson
    Leslie Gustafsonover 4 years ago

    Exquisite work Colombe!

  • Hi Leslie and thank you. I feel more and more comfortable with pastels as I go and it feels great.

    – Colombe Cambourne

  • Lynn Hughes
    Lynn Hughesover 4 years ago

    beautiful pastel work. love the skin tone and the detail

  • Thanks heaps Lynn! I think the skin tones were a fluke…….

    – Colombe Cambourne

  • FranEvans
    FranEvansover 4 years ago

    I can’t believe this is pastel. Such detail! Exquisite!

  • Ah merci Fran, it’s nice of you to leave a comment. Thank you!

    – Colombe Cambourne

  • ashesofgold
    ashesofgoldover 4 years ago

    extremely wonderfuulllll

  • Thank you so much

    – Colombe Cambourne

  • Lubna
    Lubnaover 4 years ago

    Wonderfully done! and a great subject too!

  • Lubna, thank you. Your work is amazing too!

    – Colombe Cambourne

  • Mick Kupresanin
    Mick Kupresaninover 4 years ago

    What truthful sensitive haunting eyes this man has….you portrayed it perfectly.

  • Thank you Mick. His eyes are amazing it’s true, and I really don’t know how I managed to depict them……. It’s a bit spooky how they follow you when you move around.

    – Colombe Cambourne

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 4 years ago

    Fabulous work Colombe! How do you find the Stabilo pencils? I have a couple and find them a bit ‘oily’. You have caught the eyes so well and I love the skin tones. Really outstanding portraiture.

  • You’re so nice Lynda! Thank you for your lovely comment.
    The Stabilo pencils are actually great for the fine details that I do. Sometimes I find that I need a strong line to define something that will not be blended, so they work out well. I have other more powdery pastels for the blending. I used Unison for the white of the beard, like you suggested one day. They’re great pastels!

    – Colombe Cambourne

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