Kauai in black and white

I wasn’t really happy with the color sketches I was making: it’s always hard to wrap my head around a new place, new landscape and a new color palette all at once. And while I ¬†was drawing the places I was seeing my sketches just weren’t capturing the feel of being there.
napali-beach-hike

So I switched to smaller black and white studies for a bit. These below are watersoluble graphite pencil in a small Stillman & Birn Epsilon book
bwcoconut
bwocean

And then back to color, but on a smaller scale. Below are studies in color from my 9×12 Stillman and Birn Beta sketchbook. Normally I paint full-page but keeping it small helped me figure my way around this new landscape and color palette on a more manageable scale and as I worked some vitality back into my sketches…Because it’s not Hawaii if you can’t feel the trade winds blowing through the palm trees.
smallcolor-studies

Still more Kauai sketches coming up soon, of course.

If you missed my very first Kauai post, it’s here.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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4 Responses to Kauai in black and white

  1. Bernadette says:

    Nice! I liked your first sketches too. Love the swaying in the breeze palm trees! Nice job.

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  2. Genie Geer says:

    Ah ha! Instructional, informative, and very energetic and fresh. I too, liked the black and white ones sketches a lot!

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  3. The last two sketches prove the intelligence of your choice for a new approach. Beautiful.
    Suhita, do you ever translate your sketched to larger, more detailed paintings?

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