Sketching in Goa: Part 4

Fisherwomen are fun to draw, with their brightly printed saris and dresses, hair decorated with flowers, gold jewelry and often-colorful language. I spent a morning sketching in Panjim market, with the Sunday morning crowds often blocking my view.
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This lineup of women sold shellfish, clams and shrimp, cleaned and sorted out into measures.

A little section of the fish market is set aside for meat and poultry stalls. The mutton shop is where you buy goat meat. You select a piece from the meat hanging overhead from large hooks, and the butcher chops it up to your specifications on a large wooden log.

The sketches below are from a fish auction, held twice a day- when the fishing boats come in- in Devgad, Maharashtra.
See the guy walking away with the huge swordfish to the right of the frame? He just won that in an auction.

These wicker baskets are filled with silvery ribbon fish. Two men hold up a bamboo that suspends a weighing scale from which a basket is hung and weighed before it is auctioned.

Ribbon fish are dried and made into poultry meal or fertilizer. Baskets of fish that have been weighed line the shore and the sea is filled with boats waving saffron flags and the Indian tricolor.

Me? I sketch and then I go home with some fresh crab and pomfret fish.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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12 Responses to Sketching in Goa: Part 4

  1. Lisa Addinsall Artist says:

    I am enjoying your sketches Suhita, you are very talented.


  2. Beliza says:

    I have been enjoying your Goa sketches a lot! It looks like an amazing place and makes me want to go there. I reall admire how much life you manage to put in your sketches. Looking forward to more!


  3. poojakhati7 says:

    Reblogged this on poojakhati7 and commented:
    Amazing sketches!

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  4. Katherine says:

    Your Goa sketches have been wonderful! I love the vibrancy and liveliness they portray. Thank you so much for sharing them.


  5. Margaret Hunt says:

    Another great post. How long does it take for you to do all the sketches on this page. Great stuff!!

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    • Margaret, they’re done on two separate occasions: the fisherwomen and meat market were all one morning, the fish auction was a couple of hours on another day. I’d say the little sketches are between 10 and 15 minutes the larger ones a half hour to an hour… I lose track of time when I draw so I’m never sure.

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  6. Gabriella says:

    I am enjoying the sketches too! What kind of palette do you use? Do you use your own selection of brands and colors or do you use a ready-made set?

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  7. Beautiful sketches 👌👍

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  8. Suri, it takes practice, but once you learn to see and paint like that, it’s great fun! Try it!


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