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

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  5. Laurie says:

    Thank you for sharing.

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  6. Nice sketches of NYC.

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