More sketching in the South Bay

Another great thing about having visiting sketchers? You end up meeting all your local sketching friends that you really should meet more often. Day 2 of sketching with Liz Steel , was an opportunity to meet up with Nina Khashchina and Gay Kraeger, two fabulous artists in the South Bay.

We met at Stanford and did a bit of quick sketching near the Quad and then in the New Guinea Gardens (which sketcher Marcia Milner-Brage introduced me to when she visited last year).

Here’s one of the gates to the Quad.

This sketch of the totems in the garden is drawn with Nina’s Ackerman pump pen. I just might have to get one: imagine having a dip pen that is portable and doesn’t need dipping!

After lunch, we headed out to sketch a street full of Eichler homes.  It was just great to sit on the pavement looking down the street and observe how they all shared an aesthetic yet differed from each other. Eichlers are harder to draw than they seem at first glance: all those straight planes relate to each other beautifully and things line up in ways you’d never expect them to. Contrasting their stark horizontal shapes with the trees made for fun sketching.

Laurie Wigham joined us in the evening and brought Gravenstein apples from her local Farmers’ Market.

I had to sketch them, ofcourse.


About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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7 Responses to More sketching in the South Bay

  1. Bonnie says:

    Love your blog Plz send name of Ackerman pump pen. Thanks


    • I’m pretty sure it’s the Manga G nib Pump pen. Not an easy pen to work with for sure ( it makes the Sailor seem like a super easy pen to handle) and you’ll like it only if you love pushing a pen to produce huge line variety.


  2. miatagrrl says:

    I just ordered one of those Ackerman pump pens! Looks exciting! But you could do magic with a toothpick! 😉

    – Tina


  3. One of those pens sounds tempting – lovely work as always


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  5. Beautiful work, as always, and those apples are tempting. Yummy!


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