Scraggly Trees and Mark-making

Scraggly, windswept Monterey Pines are a joy to draw if you love bold, slightly out-of-control mark-making. (I do!) Here are some trees from a lovely weekend in June by Asilomar State Beach.

Drawing on location is what I love best. But a year of running Sketching PlayLab with Paul Wang has really highlighted how much my studio practice works itself into my on-location practice. These pieces below are fragments of experiments in semi-abstraction and mark-making from a Sketching PlayLab session. In a PlayLab session, we’re consciously experimenting with a certain tool or concept. Out in the field, those become part of a big grab bag of techniques and tools I can choose from to best convey what I want to in my sketch.


If you’re wondering what happened to our Playlab sessions, Paul and I are taking a break through July to work on new sessions. We will be back with more sessions soon. If you want to join a session, email us at and ask to join our mailing list.

Speaking of signing up, if you’ve been considering joining my very first on-location 3-day workshop this fall in Santa Fe, sign up soon, last couple of spots left!

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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