I stayed with my uncle and aunt in Mumbai and sketched this at a musical performance at their home.
Like so much of my family, they’re artists, but that’s a label I didn’t think to use for anyone I grew up around because I thought it normal for everyone to make stuff. Here are some of their bonsai trees.
I met the next day with Urban Sketcher Mumbai: such a dynamic, exciting group! I thought I’d be sketching the sweeping view from the steps of the Asiatic Library, but the first thing that caught my eye was all the wedding shoots in progress on the steps. Here are three of them, all differently themed.
I captured this one in a quick sketch.
And then got back to sketching that view before me, but it didn’t hold me long. I got this far…
… and then decided that the nimbupaniwala in the distance (see his red cart in my sketch above?) was who I wanted to sketch. I caught him in the last quiet moments of his morning, before his first customers arrived.
If you are ever in Mumbai, especially on the weekend, look up where USk Mumbai is sketching and join them.
On my last day I sketched with Zainab (don’t know her work? Go check out her insta feed now!) in a location I have to go back to again: The Shipbreaking Yard at Mazgaon Docks. On a super-hot day, she improvised a shelter for us to sketch from, stretching a tarp over a taxi that looked like it was going nowhere.
And from there, we sketched what was my very last sketch of the trip, a view full of texture, color, and detail. I love working like this: starting quickly, getting an overall view in and then taking my time adding lots of marks, pushing back and pulling up bits of the scene in an ever-changing process.
This is my last post from my time in India. I love sharing all of my life thorough my sketches, but sharing my India is super special. I hope you enjoyed this series. Thank you for following along!
Here are all the previous posts in this series: