Summer Lemonade Stand ( and the photo versus sketch debate)

My kids and their friends built a lemonade stand a couple of days ago. It was great fun (for them and their parents): Making sugary lemonade from backyard lemons, poster making, setting up a stand, and very enthusiastic shouts to passing cars to stop by for lemonade.

Of course I sketched them. And I also took a few photographs. Which made me think of a discussion that comes up often: photo versus sketch and the merits of each.

Here’s what I think. There isn’t a better/worse medium. But I am a better sketcher than I am a photographer. Here is what I noticed when I looked at the kids selling lemonade:  a bunch of super-enthusiastic kids, all wearing lemon-yellow visors, holding up lemon-yellow posters, selling lemonade.

Here is what my photographs look like:

And here are the sketches.
lemonade_stand1 lemonade_stand2

In the sketch versus photo debate, there may be no clear winner, but I do have a medium that’s a clear winner for me .

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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2 Responses to Summer Lemonade Stand ( and the photo versus sketch debate)

  1. miatagrrl says:

    Wonderful sketches and excellent example for the sketch vs. photo debate! The camera and the sketchbook each has different purposes: The camera is good if you must document in a hurry; the sketchbook is better for everything else. 😉

    – Tina


  2. Margie says:

    I think your sketches (which are excellent) demonstrate how important it is focus on the important bits and remove the rest. I think a camera can do that too – in the hands of someone who is skilled in doing that!


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