Here are my sketches from 2 days in Disneyland: my first trip ever. If you are a Disneyland fan, I hope these recall many fun experiences you’ve had. And if you’re like me and never did enjoy rides ( but end up going because the kids love it so much), maybe you can sketch next time? There is no shortage of stuff to draw.

Main Street was all decked up with fall colors and pumpkins. Here’s a giant ‘Mickey Pumpkin’ that everyone wanted photographs in front of.
2 days at Disneyland

And  here is the iconic Castle at the other end of Main Street. It was smaller than I expected it to be. Infact, everything in Disneyland was smaller than I thought it would be, and  perhaps that was a part of it’s charm?

And then there were the rides: Matterhorn, Splash Mountain, and the Astro Orbiter and a quaint-looking treehouse.




My favorite part was people-watching (and people-sketching), and there was so much time to do that as we stood in line after line. Where else do you see grown women wear SUCH an assortment of mouse ears? I don’t know who was more amused though: me at the mouse ears, or them at me shuffling forward in lines, all while sketching furiously.

I tried drawing at the parade, but with the mad mix of crowds, semi-darkness, floats and dancers passing by so quickly and the over-the-top costumes, all I ended up with this assortment of squiggles that captures the energy of the parade, but none of the actual stuff. Still, here it is:

A whole bunch of little kids gathered around this man blowing bubbles. He stood right in front of the entrance to the super-popular Space Mountain ride. I loved what he said: “Right behind me is a $10 million ride. And what do these kids want? Bubbles!”

This marching band started playing just as I was wondering what I would sketch next. A 20 minute session was perfect for a quick little sketch, and then another study thrown in…And yes, more ladies in mouse ears. You can never tire of those.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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9 Responses to Disneyland

  1. Love the marching band Suhita. You are a brave sketcher to draw in those crowds!


  2. Wow I love these; the lines flow so fluidly and beautifully, and mesh nicely with the color washes. And yeah, it’s probably a very chaotic and dynamic location to sketch, but I can imagine that you can lay down line work quickly, and the loose, yet controlled, lines add a great sense of motion and movement to the sketches.


  3. Steve StClair says:

    Thank U for sharing. I have always enjoyed simple line expression. You capture so much with line only. Very energetic with wonderful ‘flow’. Great work!


  4. Love the sketches-what sketchbook are you using?


  5. Awesome!! Love these sketches.
    By the way, you’re so lucky!! Disneyland is so much fun.


  6. Suhita, these are so evocative, you perfectly captured the feeling. Thanks for sharing!


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