New York: Back in the City

If you’ve followed my blog long enough, you know I go back to new York City every few years. I love the city. It feels like going home.

First evening in the city, we wander to Union Square and watch a lively performance.

I love wandering around the city in the very early morning. Washington Square Park is quiet and peaceful when I get there, but by the time I’m working on my sketch, the morning joggers and dog walkers come by.

My kids still love visiting the American Museum of Natural History. And I love drawing there. My favorites are always the rooms with the dioramas. This herd of African Elephants in the middle of the African animal dioramas room is a challenge to draw. the room is really dark, so it’s always a mystery what my sketch will look like out in the daylight…

This quick sketch was made at closing time, by the bison diorama.

The romance of America from when the bison roamed the plains, I love that image. That an animal could go from that to endangered is so sad. And I can’t help thinking how the changes we’re making to the endangered animal act right now just can’t be good for the country.


About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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8 Responses to New York: Back in the City

  1. Ruth Kaldor says:

    Yes it is bad for the country. What aren’t people marching in protest!

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  2. Valerie Kellum says:

    Thank you for always sharing your wondersketches and i truly appreciated your final comment regarding the bison and the current White House unfortunate sentiment. I truly wonder what national parks Mr Trump or his wife or young son have visited?

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  3. fakeflamenco says:

    Great street and museum scenes. Beautiful painting as always. -Rebecca

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  4. Suhita, I hope you don’t mind another question – I wondered if you used two Sailor Fude pens in your first, Union Square sketch – one with black and one with grey ink – as both colours have variety in their width? I like the way the lighter tone helps those parts of the scene sit back.

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    • Caroline, wow, sharp eye! Yes, it’s an experiment I haven’t gotten right yet: I need to tweak my ink mix, and I’ll say more about it when I like how it’s working but I am trying to carry a second pen with a diluted black ink to help create depth and distance with my line…


  5. Laurie says:

    Thank you for sharing.

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  6. Nice sketches of NYC.

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