India 2019: People in Airports

I had a whirlwind trip to India just a couple of weeks ago. Two weeks, six different places. Some time with family, a fabulous experience running an art camp for kids in a little village, and then I headed back home.

Lots of travel means lots of airport time, sometimes even whole nights. So I did what I usually do, ate a lot and sketched. Here are a collection of airport sketches.

First sketch when I landed. Sketching fellow passengers departing with their luggage after a long flight. You can tell they’re in a hurry to get home.

A night-long layover at the airport means I spend some time hanging out in the lounge with other half-asleep travelers, all with big bags.

More middle-of-the-night sketches, hanging out outside the airport this time. It’s so busy even at 1am. Airport taxis, abandoned luggage carts and the ubiquitous street dog. Sketched with a hot chai (not pictured).

A few hours later, still waiting to board a plane, eating again. Drawing the people, noting what I ate and photographing it because it can’t wait and get cold. And yes, it isn’t filter coffee unless it comes in a little EverSilver cup.

This strange structure? A giant phone charger.

More airport sketching, this on another day. If you’re packing a palette for a trip to India, drop the neutrals, and be sure to pack oranges, pinks, purples and lime green.

Last airport sketches. Every time I pull out my sketchbook, there are at least a few people watching me draw. If you are going to sketch in public in India, you’re going to sketch around people. I really enjoy the random encounters and conversations.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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16 Responses to India 2019: People in Airports

  1. pedrol says:

    dear Suhita, I love urban sketching and you have here such great works, thanks for sharing 🙂 cheers from Lisbon, PedroL

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  2. Kirk says:

    With all that painting did you run out of any watercolor supplies? Nice posting. Enjoyed your art school narrative,


  3. Oliana says:

    Wow, such talent!! I always fear travelling so far and I want to go to India so much (Kerala) to visit Amma. I like that idea of sketching, however. I could journal or pen my poetry and haiku which has a different feel than typing. My dream is to start in Nepal and go south …a good 3 months, I would say or more. Hoping my TEFL certificate will help to cover some expenses on my travels. I truly enjoyed your beautiful watercolours! Thank you!


  4. Blogs-R-Us says:

    Must be fun sketching. So much possibility and abundance of subjects. It’s a live canvas.


  5. Lois Stevens says:

    You sure know how to make the most of your “down time” at an airport.
    Any chance you would ever take a group of sketchers to India?


  6. Interesting Airport Sketches!!

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  7. I really enjoyed your sketches Suhita! You are very talented! India is a beautiful country, by the way. Never been, but in the future I hope I’ll go visit it.
    Greetings from Albania!

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  8. Elena says:

    Loved you art camp post! I’ll be going to India for a wedding in Udaipur in November and then a tour of the “golden triangle” area near Delhi. What do you use for Indian skin tones? Your browns look so lively!

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    • what fun you will have: a wedding plus Udaipur: that’s unbeatable!
      For Indian skin tones I usually start with an orangey-red like instead of a more rose-colored red that I’d mix in for Caucasian skin tones.
      But you’ll notice ( after a few days in India, everything looks the same in the beginning) that there are many skintones, lots of variation…


  9. I might be late, but do you plan to conduct a workshop in Bangalore anytime?

    And in case you are traveling out of Mumbai airport, the grand design of the building might be a good topic to sketch 😊


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