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Sketching Mumbai: Stepping Again in Time

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The primary motive for my journey to India was a one week workshop in Mumbai that I co-taught with city sketcher Zainab. I like Mumbai. It’s a metropolis of contrasts, one which holds many various worlds inside it. Proper in the course of one of many poshest neighborhoods within the metropolis, Malabar Hill, flanked by fashionable skyscrapers, is an historic water tank constructed round AD 1127. What’s fantastic about this (and plenty of different historic websites in India, actually) is that this isn’t a spot frozen in time. It’s a dwelling neighborhood with properties, temples and even a big open-air laundry surrounding the tank.

Listed below are the steps of that tank, the place loud, honking geese maintain court docket.

Sitting on the steps, I sketched this non secular ceremony whereas consuming my chai. In the future I’d study that soiled water subsequent to a cup of chai is a catastrophe ready to occur. This was not that day. My chai wanted to get replaced quickly after I took this primary shot.

This primary sketch was my answer to coping with a super-complex trying scene on the open-air laundry, with garments drying above and bundles of them on the bottom beneath. I mainly sandwiched the view between these two layers and sketched it, including some particulars to the laundry later.

And this final sketch might be what I like drawing probably the most: folks at work. The person within the entrance washes a striped shirt on a washboard over an previous bathtub. Behind him, one other man works a hand-cranked wringer.

Extra sketches from India coming quickly. When you missed them, listed here are the sooner posts on this sequence:
• Kite flying in Gujarat
My nice, nice grandparents house and extra sketches from Surat

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.

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