Author Archives: Suhita Shirodkar

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.

Recent Obsessions. And Brush Pen Reviews.

There are themes I return to all the time, so I guess I have many recent obsessions. There’s vintage cars that I understand nothing about but love the shapes of. And there’s vintage signage, like this sign for the Sands Motel on … Continue reading

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Mostly notes.

This weekend was a no-color, mostly-notes kind of weekend. It started with what I thought was a broken toe and a trip to ER. I was lucky: no broken foot. But the lady who was waiting for her X-ray besides … Continue reading

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Tinted paper, Accordion Folds

I bought a large roll of tinted paper for my weekly figure study session, and I folded some of it into little accordion-folded sheets to carry around in my sketchbook. This was the first one I used last week. Today, I … Continue reading

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Would you walk into this store?

Look at this really welcoming, friendly guy, wouldn’t you walk into a store if he towered above it? I guess ‘welcoming’ isn’t the point of the green gorilla. He certainly did make for an eye-catching ‘STORE CLOSING’ sign. I stopped and sketched … Continue reading

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Watertowers and Continental Cuisine

This is the Mariani Fruit Packing Company Water Tower in San Jose.  The Fruit Packing Plant has long since been torn down, and in its place is a huge housing complex called, what else, Mariana Square Townhomes. I hit a double … Continue reading

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Surprise Sketches are the Best

Sometimes the unplanned stuff is the best. Early at school to pickup my kids today (that almost NEVER happens) and what do I see? Our local middle school Chamber Orchestra playing under the redwood trees. I dug out a piece of taupe-colored, accordion-folded paper and … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Figure Drawing

I don’t post a lot of my life drawings from a weekly figure drawing session.  But today I thought I’d post a few and try to explain why life drawing is so important to me. 10 minutes. Charcoal and watercolor on … Continue reading

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