New Every Time

Yet another Farmer’s Market post. But it’s new for me every time, this experience of drawing on location, especially when it involves people. You never know who will be there and what will catch your eye. You turn up, you listen, you see, you smell, you find this week’s story and you respond: you decide how to capture it best.

Standing and drawing means I can choose the viewpoint that lets me best sketch what i want to. Sun and shade don’t matter and I don’t need a place to sit. (I don’t much like sitting to draw in the market anyways, because that’s an unnatural viewpoint for how most of us experience this place.)

So what caught my eye this week? Stone fruit is finally here. It’s early in the season and it will get more abundant and juicier over the coming weeks, but it is here! Yellow, white and donut peaches. Yellow and white nectaries. Apricots and cherries. (No plums or pluots yet.)

I sketched with a bamboo dip pen, holding a little vial of ink. Finger-smudging the ink got me those big, dark shapes. Graphite pencil added the last details.

And then I added color with a few wax crayons when I got home. I find it easiest to do this as soon as possible and at the same pace as my work on location. It keeps the additions from being too fussy.

Wax crayons are such a versatile medium. Simple, bright, and easy to layer. They do their bit, adding focus with color without calling attention to themselves.

Are you out drawing on location yet? And are you seeing other people outside? Is it strange stepping back into the world? Different? Do you feel rusty?

I’m a “yes” on all those questions but I’d love to hear your experience.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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8 Responses to New Every Time

  1. Nice sketches of the farmers market. You really captured the people well with their face masks.

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  2. Gloria says:

    I love this sketch. Curious…where did you start…the canopy? Tables?

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    • Gloria, when I’m drawing people they always come first because they don’t wait for me. and usually I will start at my focal point and move out form there building my story to support it. So the woman on the left is first.


  3. Tina Koyama says:

    Tip-toeing out… I feel like Rip Van Winkle who is still bleary-eyed after sleeping for 14 months. This Saturday will be my first trip to the farmers market! Can’t wait! And your sketches here inspire me.

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  4. Les says:

    Have only just recently discovered your work…….it is amazing……love what you do.
    What kind of black pen do you use? Such an inspiration to want to go out there and try!!

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