The morning the tree trimmers came

The tree trimmers arrived at 8am. They turned off the electricity and cut down a couple of large branches from the tree outside my home. That big white vehicle is a branch-muncher, it can grind up huge tree limbs in seconds.pge_1The blue Pacific Gas and Electric truck joined the branch-munching van.pge_2
More trucks arrived, lots of discussion, lots of setting out orange cones on the street…
Finally this guy got down on the ground, opened up a manhole and peered into it. Things were just hotting up.pge_4

And I was clean out of sketching time and had to leave for work.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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5 Responses to The morning the tree trimmers came

  1. Annie says:

    Thanks for the reminder and evidence of grabbing the moment. Your sketches and comments, too, are a pleasure.


  2. Swati says:

    Loved the story and your amazing sketches!
    Any tips on how to sketch and capture these fast moving action scenes ?
    Thank you in advance!


    • Swati, most of all, drawing quickly and surely takes practice. But other than that I try different things for quick capture: drawing with the medium I am most quick and comfortable with, drawing in (almost) continuous line, sort of like semi-blind contour.. Also, picking parts of the scene that move the most and capturing those first: 9n that first sketch, the man in the tree, I drew first, then the guys on the ground, after that the vehicle and last of all the tree.


  3. miatagrrl says:

    Great reportage of a subject near and dear to my heart!

    – Tina

    Liked by 1 person

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