Loads of People

It was a people-filled day yesterday, which is great because I really did need to pull out my pens and do some quick gesture drawing: I’m teaching a workshop in Seattle this weekend called Capturing Chaos:Drawing a Crowd. It’s a part of Seattle’s 10×10 workshop series, which is a part of a much bigger worldwide series of classes to celebrate 10 years of Urban Sketchers. Did you attend any workshops through the series in a city near you?

It has been HOT for the last couple of days (92 degrees today). Ice cream time.

What do you do when the cats wake you up super early? My daughter drew the cat (top left corner in graphite). I drew her drawing the cat.

Violin practice followed.

One of the best places near home to people-watch/sketch is the local Whole Foods at lunch hour. When you draw, you notice what people have in their carts, whether they’re far-sighted (from how they read their phones), what tattoos they have…
groceries1Same day, later in the evening: At our Elementary School’s Art Show. I set up a little table with my tiny watercolor kits, and some paper. No instructions. The kids just come and paint. They love the fun tools: little Altoids tins and pillboxes as palettes, waterbrush, rainbow pencils…


I get some sketching done too…To my left is the ever-popular spin-art table.

And to my right, Kathy paints just about anything on cookies!

But the evening doesn’t end there. Our middle school orchestra comes and plays an outdoor concert for us every year. It’s a real treat to hear these kids, many of whom have only studied music for a year or two, play so beautifully. I feel like I hear best when I’m painting the music.

Waiting for the concert to begin…

And the concert in session.

I’m in Seattle today, scouting locations for the weekend’s workshops… So there will be sketches from Seattle here on my blog next week. Until then, happy sketching!

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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9 Responses to Loads of People

  1. Anica Art says:

    I love these people sketches! It really is about capturing that feeling, that moment and you have done it so well! 🙂


  2. Christy Lemp says:

    Love all your tips so much! We’re just trying to start a chapter of sketchers here in Central ny, and I’m trying to practice some event painting so I can do weddings parties graduations etc. wish I was closer so I could take your workshop!


  3. Sharon Norvelle says:

    i love your work. I’m always happy to see your email in my box. The Seattle workshops look so exciting. Maybe one day…. 🙂
    I would like to ask what type of pen you used in the ice cream drawings. Was it your Pentel or your lovely Lamy Joy? Or something else maybe.
    I’m new to sketching but have been so inspired by your work. Oh and what size nib is your Lamy Joy?
    Thank you


  4. Just took Espressive figures and portraits with Oliver Hoeller, excllent and I also took Laurie Wigham’s Perspective workshop a few months ago. Because of my weekend art fair schedule I couldn’t take more, but I wanted too. They have been great!! BTW I will be at the Mountain View A La Carte Festival this weekend booth #310, Castro street and Dana. Pretty close to you.. LOve to show you my paintings. Check out this link on the show website.. http://alacarte.miramarevents.com

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  5. miatagrrl says:

    Love the posture of the woman with a bun in her hair and pushing a shopping cart! Man, I’m so bummed that you’re in Seattle while I’m traveling! 😦 Ah, well. . . see you in Chicago!

    – Tina


  6. I love the verve of your art – always so much going on and you capture every bit of it!


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