Category Archives: Urban Sketching

Some new Pen-Inks-Watercolor Sketches

Few more sketches done since last few days using pens, inks, watercolors, or simply watercolors.

A watercolor painted live with Urban Sketchers group of Pune
I saw this rusty DP box surrounded by weed on the roadside and knew then and there that I needed to draw this. Pen, inks, and watercolor over poster board paper.
A coastal village. Painted from a reference picture by a friend. Pen, inks, and watercolor on a poster board paper.

Goa Diaries

Some pen, inks, watercolors sketches made on the recent visit to Goa, India. Sketches always add a different flavor to any trip, making it more special, and making the sights and sound better ingrained in our minds.

Above 3 pics: Glimpses of the very popular Baga beach

Above: A boat resting in the Baga river

Above: A small portion of the Saint Francis Church of the old Goa

Above 2 pics: Another popular, yet thankfully less crowded beach, Anjuna

Emphasizing Elements in a Sketch

A few days ago, a student on mine asked me… “What are the rules of including/leaving out certain elements from a sketch/painting?”.

The answer is… “It depends!”.

And believe me, this is not a diplomatic answer. It completely depends on the sketcher. If I do two sketches at the same spot/using the same reference image, I may emphasize different elements altogether.

Have a look at this sketch above. I sketched this one today morning on location in a narrow lane in the old heritage part of the city where I live.

You may notice that the left side of the lane is highly emphasized while the right side is completely left blank, highlighted only by the blue signage.

The middle part, i.e. the road is also left blank, save some shadows. This give an illusion of bright light.

Would I do the same choices if I go there next time? Not necessarily!

Zostel and Brahmanshahi Ghat with Urban Sketchers

 Visited the Zostel site constructed using shipping containers in Panchagani on Sunday with Urban Sketchers. The containers we’re a challenge to draw in perspective.

Visited Wai while coming back. Did some sketching at Brahmanshahi ghat in Wai. The oldest temple here is 12th century. The temples in the picture are from 18th century. They were constructed by Peshwas.

Trishund Ganapati, Pune

Trishund Ganapati (Ganesha with trifurcated trunk). I did not know such an exqusitely carved temple existed right in the middle of Pune city till a couple of days ago when Urban sketchers decided to sketch there.

In the limited time available, I could sketch only the entrance of this 18th century temple. The stone carvings are so exquisite, that they are overwhelming!