Chinatown, San Francisco on a Spring Afternoon

3 “lucky cats” and bamboo, at the dim sum restaurant. A good start to an afternoon of sketching in Chinatown.

Waverly Place. Yes, it’s utterly touristy. And great fun to sketch. The sun was blinding in the afternoon, and everything around me looked like it was dotted in shimmery yellow, red and emerald green.

Grant Avenue, complete with strings of lanterns, flags, and even a dimsum restaurant called “Four Seas”. Who said “less is more”? In this sketch I particularly enjoyed drawing layer upon layer of stuff, all disappearing into the distance: lanterns, cars, flags, lampposts and pagoda-like buildings.

Closeup of one of the lampposts with ornate dragons on it.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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16 Responses to Chinatown, San Francisco on a Spring Afternoon

  1. Sasa says:

    Thanks for sharing, I like sketches, very fluid!


  2. Beautiful sketches. Your line work is very lively and confident. Thanks for sharing the wonderful images of Chinatown.


  3. Sandra says:

    You captured the flavor of Chinatown beautifully. You make the process look so easy.


  4. Lynn says:

    Love them all especially the Grant Ave. They are all fluid and expressive.


  5. Dale says:

    I can almost breathe the atmosphere. Very accomplished sketches.


  6. Such an active and expressive style. Really dig it. I like the little pen gestures throughout.


  7. I love your work. I will be in San Fransisco in July for a photo project. I hope it is as beautiful as your sketches.


  8. Alex Tan says:

    These are so cool! =)


  9. sreelu says:


    So glad to have stumbled upon your blog via SHP, you are one gifted artist, loved your sketches, colors and the attention to details .SFO could not have been more prettier.


  10. nidhi says:

    i love your fluid loose lines – i’m an artist in the city as well and i am very inspired by your work! thanks for sharing!


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