People on the Streets

A couple of weeks ago, someone posted a comment on a sketch I had of people on my instagram feed. They complained about how oppressive it felt to even look at my sketches. of people in masks. After my first reaction (an eye roll perfected from having 2 kids), it made me think of what I draw and why I draw.

I should say I strongly support wearing masks because it is good science. It keeps me and you safe. When we wear our masks, we not only protect each other, we also say we care that we all stay as safe as we can.

But there’s more reason than that for why you’re seeing masks in my sketches. I draw the world around me. I record it as I see it. So if I see masks, I draw masks. I don’t draw masks where I don’t see them, and I don’t draw unmasked faces where there are none. I am drawing the times. This is what the people in the streets look like just now. And while I miss drawing unmasked faces, I’m thankful that the person waiting outside the store next to me and the jogger who runs past me are masked.

Oh, a quick and kinda obvious tip for drawing masks on faces? Don’t forget the structure of the face underneath. It helps understand the shape of the mask and the way the light hits it .

Stay safe everyone, that vaccine is close.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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18 Responses to People on the Streets

  1. jankto says:

    Thank you for sharing both your drawings and your thoughts of masks. Well said. Recording these times as we see and experience them is important for so many different reasons.

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  2. Annie says:

    Thank you, Suhita, for drawing your world as you see it. Fantasy has its place elsewhere.

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  3. Marianne says:


    Sent from my iPad

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  4. Y.B. De Ridder says:

    Wisely said and completely agree! Indeed at times it makes one feel depressed but it helps us all to be more safe. Thanks for posting & keep well!

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  5. Michele says:

    What could be better than drawing an act of caring and compassion? We need more reminders and examples of goodness in the world, not less, to restore humanity. Thanks for being part of that.

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  6. Chris says:

    Sorry but complaining about even looking at a mask in a sketch sounds like a very first world problem to me. You are recording a slice of history. Keep at it.

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  7. Good drawings! I really like the sitting person in the blue mask.

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  8. Barbara says:

    Urban Sketchers make a faithful recording of what they see. I would expect nothing less from you. Sketch on!πŸ‘

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  9. Elly Hobgood says:

    Thanks for drawing those masks! If there were more examples on multimedia of people wearing masks, maybe acceptance would follow.

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  10. Barbara Beynon says:

    A huge thumbs up for your thoughts today! We live in extraordinary times and need honest documentation. I look forward to the day we will no longer need masks, but for now, I’m so grateful to see them on others and to wear them myself. Hope you get the vaccine soon!

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  11. Holly Block says:

    Amen to your comments regarding masks and drawing the world as it is presented. Urban sketchers make their mark on history visually. Love your work!

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  12. Diane Winters says:

    Thank you, Suhita. Yes, yes, and yes to everything you said so beautifully. I’m lucky to live in an especially enlightened area of the country (Bay Area, northern Calif.) so there’s good mask compliance near me. I can hardly wait til the time I can dispense with mine, when smiles will be seen rather that inferred from crinkling at the edges of the eyes, but that’s still a ways off, even after I’m vaccinated. I’m 76, but am waiting a few weeks til after the first wave of the current stampede.

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  13. Bravo !!! We are in a new world where the stupids are ignored………..

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  14. Suzanne Tractenberg says:

    Good for you, Suhita! Hugs, Suzanne ( Tractenberg) πŸ₯°πŸŽΆπŸ₯

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  15. Bruce Martin says:

    I agre with all that you said. Great sketches and I just love that walnut ink and the way that you have used it. Bruce

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