Layered Spaces

One of those things I think of as intrinsic to sketching in India is that you’re always looking at layer upon layer, wherever you look. It’s rare that you get an unobstructed, direct view of something with a lot of “breathing space”‘” around it. Of course, you could eliminate and simplify, but mostly I like to do neither, because the layering is so intrinsic to how I see the scene.

From where I sat at Kala Ghoda, three iconic structures stacked up: The foreground is the “The Spirit of Kala Ghoda, a slightly oddly proportioned sculpture of a horse. The red building middle layer is the now-defunct Rhythm House, where I spent hours tailing after my sister as she browsed and bought LPs. And in the background, the Stock Exchange building.

This next sketch is in the heritage village of Khotachiwadi where a chapel and some historic homes are juxtaposed against the newer skyscrapers in the background.


These sketches were done as part of the weeklong workshop I ran in Jan 2023 in Mumbai with Zainab. We announce the dates for the Jan 2024 at the end of this month and open registration then. If you think you want to join in on this adventure, join the interest list by writing to me to let me know.

Here are the earlier posts in this series of sketches from India:
• Kite flying in Gujarat
• My great, great grandparents home and more sketches from Surat
• Stepping back in time in Mumbai
• Markets of Mumbai
• Mumbai’s Grand Architecture
• Art Deco in Mumbai
Cold drinks on the Streets of Mumbai

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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2 Responses to Layered Spaces

  1. Nice sketches of India. Although I like your horse statue and it is more technical than your street scene with people. The one at the bottom has more atmosphere and flow to it. Wow, that really is a deserted street for india from the usual dozens or more people often in your India scenes.

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