One coffee shop, two views.

This is Big Basin Cafe, in Saratoga, California on a busy Friday evening. Sketched from two different tables in the same cafe, because I can’t sit still very long …

I’m enjoying making these people-and-places sketches and working through thoughts and ideas for my workshop titled People and Places: Life in Contrast that I will teach at the Urban Sketchers Symposium in Manchester this year.

Sketch 1 uses two pretty similar tools, for a low-contrast piece: A Sailor bent-nib pen for most of the figures in the sketch, and then the quieter Carbon Platinum pen for the thinner line that I use to capture the setting.


In sketch 2, I went for more contrast between my tools, using a thick graphite pencil for loosely drawn figures and the sailor bent Nib pen for everything else.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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6 Responses to One coffee shop, two views.

  1. Lee Kline says:

    I know the Big Basin! My son lives in Saratoga with his wife and our three granddaughters. Wish I could go to the Symposium this summer, but alas….


  2. susanmford says:

    Very nice, Suhita. Do you sketch the cafe first, the people first, or all of the above concurrently? Looking forward to painting with you & Tom Hoffman.


    • Susan, Usually people first (often with a few minimal lines to establish my setting) but in sketch #1 I went back and forth: foreground figure first, then I started on the setting and switched back to people whenever an interesting figure appeared on the scene… see you at the workshop, I am excited!


  3. ruthbyrn says:

    Wonderful drawings, as usual — and lessons in themselves.


  4. Rajiv says:

    ThAts very nice..I can just draw stick insects


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