Surprise Sketches are the Best

Sometimes the unplanned stuff is the best. Early at school to pickup my kids today (that almost NEVER happens) and what do I see? Our local middle school Chamber Orchestra playing under the redwood trees.
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I dug out a piece of taupe-colored, accordion-folded paper and sketched on it. Since I didn’t know how long they’d play (they ended up being around a good 15 minutes) I added things as I went along: Black ink in a brushpen went in first. Then some white gel pen. They hung around and played some more, out came a few colored pencils and a white wax crayon. Stuff I haven’t used in a long time. So much fun. Here are a couple of closeups from the image.

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Wish I’d asked the teacher his name (he’s the conductor in the sketch). he was fantastic and animated and the kids obviously loved him.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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14 Responses to Surprise Sketches are the Best

  1. Fabulous, Suhita….I can hear the music!

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  2. miatagrrl says:

    What a surprise treat! Wonderful, lively sketch!

    – Tina

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  3. Dawn Steffler says:

    It’s so beautiful! The teacher’s name is Scott Krijnen. I forwarded this post on to him…

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  4. Fabio says:

    Ethna said what I felt. Super, Suhita!

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  5. Grace says:

    love it, reminds me of my sketches I do at the Phoenix Symphony.

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  6. Thanks everyone, it sure was fun, and the surprise meant i switched out my usual watercolor and ink for different supplies, which is always exciting.

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  7. Keith Hawes says:

    Very nice. I think Scott needs a print for the classroom wall.

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  8. Suzanne Tractenberg says:

    Thanks so much for posting this…..I just love it. And love the explanation of the various layers and product you used to achieve the total piece.

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  9. irinadim says:

    Wonderful sketch, Suhita! You are so gifted.

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  10. Balchi Bara says:

    amazing! I like your art work.

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  11. Priya says:

    Lovely, it’s bursting with playfulness.

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  12. Margaret Hunt says:

    Super sketch. Was doing some of this myself today but yours is oh so much better. Guess I better practice some more!!

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  13. hememd says:

    This should be the cover for their next concert program! It is fantastic.

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  14. Pingback: Tinted paper, Accordion Folds | Sketch Away: Travels with my sketchbook

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