Home: India 2017

A lot of what I see and sketch in India is a part of experiences anyone can have. But some experiences and sketches are of things that you might only record at home.

Like this stairway mural I got to watch my sister put the finishing touches to while I was there.

I missed the designing, tile-cutting, bisque-firing, and glazing – yes, she made all of it from scratch. But I did 2 sketches of the final grouting process.

This is where my kids spent every minute of their day when I wasn’t dragging them out to do something. They read, played board games and slept on this wonderful antique Portuguese bed.

And this really festive scene is from a beach party to celebrate a neighbor’s First Communion.

My parents own a mango farm in a pretty remote part of Maharashtra. No mango sketches from the farm this time. (You can see some sketches of mangoes and mango-packing from a previous visit here) but I did sketch their farmhouse, primarily because of this big old plastic water tank that tops it
home_watertankThese plastic tanks aren’t, by any stretch of the imagination, pretty. But they are ubiquitous to the skyline all over India.

While on the farm, I like to walk up to the crossroad where the bus stops, and have a glass of sugarcane juice. It’s fun to see life pass by.
This lady in the gorgeous purple sari came and sat opposite me. So I sketched her with her bag of drumsticks and then kept going and drew the whole scene behind her: man reading the paper next to her, sitting crosslegged up on the bench, cow (bull?) passing by, wires of course, a broom resting against some coca-cols crates in the foreground. All the stuff that can make up a scene almost anywhere in India.

All the while that I drew, I drank a glass of freshly squeezed sugarcane juice from this gigantic and very noisy machine.


About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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12 Responses to Home: India 2017

  1. mirobolante says:

    I´m fond of all the sketches you did in India. There are so expressive and well done !!!


  2. bmweeks says:

    I really enjoyed this post! The sketches of the stairway are fabulous!


  3. Vina Breyfogle says:

    Thanks Suhita for wonderful illustrative wc’s of India! I find I can’t comment online until I update my Wordsmith pw, but I’m working on it.


  4. Lee Kline says:

    Who would not love coming home to those fabulous steps?

    Liked by 1 person

  5. D. Abreu says:

    I love your sketches from India! All your work in general is awesome and I learn a lot about drawing people without feeling so intimidated. I wish I could go meet you in Seattle, 50 miles from home so lets see. Take care, Daisy


  6. miatagrrl says:

    Your beautiful sketches of home always make me want to visit India! Someday. . .

    – Tina


  7. M. L. Kappa says:

    Lovely sketches as usual, Suhita! I so enjoy them🌞


  8. Gabriella says:

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful art. It is very inspiring.


  9. Sadaf Siddiqi says:

    Nice one.


  10. thewhisperingsandthechampagneandthestars says:

    These are gorgeous!


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