Too Quick

The hardest stuff to sketch is something that happens only once and for not very long at all. Like this truck stopping in front of my house to deliver some chairs for the backyard. You’d think it takes a while to unload a big box of chairs. Nope.

A quick continuous line drawing is all I caught from the front window before the truck was gone. Thank goodness my sketchbook is always with me!

I added the color immediately after from mental notes made as soon as I realized I wasn’t going to be able to get very far. Looking back, I’m not sure the sketch needed color.

Edit: In answer to a question about coloring in the sketch with my source gone.
I colored this in AS SOON as I had sketched, it, but without the men and truck there of course, they left. I did make mental notes and the light wasn’t particularly interesting, so I didn’t not anything about shadows.

If I had more time, but wasn’t going to color right then, I would have made more notes, of color and light and shade, like this :

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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15 Responses to Too Quick

  1. Kirk says:

    How many minutes did it take to do the drawing? Great job!


  2. Moony says:

    Oh I like the sketch with color! For me it’s very difficult to colour sketches few time later. Mostly I couldn’t remind special colors.

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  3. Diane Winters says:

    I, too, like the color added, even if it was from memory. It give a sense of depth to the scene. After all, you are an image maker, not the camera of a photojournalist.
    I wonder if there are artists who have a true photographic memory – if they could completely reconstruct something previously seen.

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  4. Annie says:

    Always appreciate your sharing your work with us, and I forget tell you so, so, thank you very much, Suhita.

    A question please: what pen did you use for this? I probably have it because I have followed you so long but I’m not sure the variety of line that you do. Thanks again.

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  5. rhodadraws says:

    Continuous line method is powerful, especially when time is so very short. I love both B/W and color versions.

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  6. I definitely prefer the colored version. So much depth.


  7. Jessica Porterfield says:

    I love the first sketch with no color. You captured the strength of the man and his purpose and hurry! Perfectly!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Shankar Subramanian says:

    Wonderful! Occam’s Razor at work …

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