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.

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.


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!


  2. miatagrrl says:

    What a surprise treat! Wonderful, lively sketch!

    – Tina


  3. Dawn Steffler says:

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


  4. Fabio says:

    Ethna said what I felt. Super, Suhita!


  5. Grace says:

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


  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.


  7. Keith Hawes says:

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


  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.


  9. irinadim says:

    Wonderful sketch, Suhita! You are so gifted.


  10. Balchi Bara says:

    amazing! I like your art work.


  11. Priya says:

    Lovely, it’s bursting with playfulness.


  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!!


  13. hememd says:

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


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

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