San Jose Landmarks

I rarely share the work I do as an illustrator on this blog. But every once, there’s a project that aligns with the sort of content I post here and allows for sharing. This one is a celebration of the City of San Jose through some of its landmarks. I didn’t sketch these on location but I’ve drawn at most of these locations in the past and that really helped keep the pieces fresh and alive for me.

To keep these sketchy, I work on each of them at a pace close to how I’d work on location, and at a size I’m familiar with. In fact, I worked in Stillman and Birn Beta sketchbooks I usually use and tore out and pinned the pieces on my wall as I worked through them.

They’re then stitched together in photoshop and blown up to where each sketch is 3 to 5 feet tall. This small bit below is how you might see a part of a sketch.

While there’s no pixelation because they’re scanned in high resolution, you can see every mark made by the line and the paint, magnified. I really enjoy this effect: the wobbles, drags, and skips of the pen line and the cracks in the paint all show up: It’s work done by hand that doesn’t hide the hand-drawn part.

The project is done now, and my wall is empty again. It felt right to take it all down as the year ends and open the space up to new possibilities.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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10 Responses to San Jose Landmarks

  1. Alice says:

    Beautiful, and love the skull and mask!

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  2. santilloart says:

    I love that you kept the had drawn aspects! And of course, “Do You Know the Way to San Jose” is in my head for the day.

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  3. I always enjoy your sketches but this was special for me since I grew up in San Jose but left for Ventura in 2020. Love it. How did they ultimately display your work?

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  4. Patrick says:

    These are wonderful. Do you have a website for your Illustrations? Love to see that work too.

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  5. Ingrid Lacis says:

    Absolutely splendid….thank you so much. Moved to Cupertino in the sixties. Have been gone 23 years. What memories. What a grand project. Brilliant.

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  6. Ajit Deswandikar says:

    Hi ,Sunita
    I am Artist from Mumbai, India .
    just shifted to Fremont from India six month back.
    like to connect Artist in Bay .
    will together we exhibit our work
    my cell number is 6692489701.
    call me any time.
    Ajit Deswandikar


  7. Marcia Harlow says:

    These works are so gorgeous- wonderful palettes with so much feeling 🙌

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  8. Fabulous, they’re so bright and cheerful they capture the spirit of San Jose.

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  9. keviv says:

    Wonderfully done. Thanks for sharing.

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