Sketches from Madeline Island: Barns

This is the second in a series of posts from Madeline Island where I taught a wonderful workshop with Maru Godas and Santi Salles. These sketches were done on campus as demos in my workshop. And this location? Right outside my front door, the view I woke up to every morning!

We sketched the view before us s vignettes as an exercise in my workshop. One day I did the sketch above and the next day I decided to go for a panoramic view. At 14×17 inches, it was a big piece and a fun one to work on.

This next piece is on the opposite side of the size scale: a postcard created as part of an exchange all the participants did during the week.

More from that workshop coming up tomorrow.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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7 Responses to Sketches from Madeline Island: Barns

  1. Nice sketches of the barn on Madeline Island. I was in Quebec last week, Quebec City and Tadousac. Very similar kind of “New France” architecture. I got excellent photos.

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  2. Thank you Suhita and friends, very inspiring, so glad you share these, merci!

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  3. I like the bigger piece very much

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  4. Rachael says:

    If you ever do something like the top piece again, I would LOVE to see half a dozen process shots. I’m trying to imagine how you did it, but can’t work it out. Do you very carefully leave the white blank as you work or add opaque white afterwards? There is so much energy in the picture I cannot imagine it being created in a careful manner! Love it.

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    • Rachael, the top piece was a workshop demo, in an in-person workshop. I share some steps once in a while, but the deep demos you are looking for happen in workshops. When I am sketching for myself, I never break that often for a photo: it break my rhythm.
      About whites: it’s a mix for me. I save the ones I can save while still using energetic marks. the rest, I add back in gouache.


      • Rachael says:

        Thank you Suhita. Living in New Zealand is mostly fabulous – until you want to get to workshops like yours!! Maybe you’ll come to the Auckland USK Symposium

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      • Sadly, Rachael, I won’t be at the Auckland one: the timing doesn’t work for me this year. But I have always wanted to visit, so it’s on my list, to make it there one year, soon. What a treat it will be for you to have a symposium so close to you next year: there will be fantastic workshops, there always are!


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