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October 5th, 2019

Café Goodluck

ARTIST: Niloufer Wadia, India
ARTIST STATEMENT: This sketch was done on location at the very busy Fergusson College Road, Pune. Café Goodluck has been situated at that crossing since 1935, an iconic eatery open 7am through 11.30pm, serving no frills Indian tea, snacks and meals, and always overfull. As a group, the Urban Sketchers Pune chapter, we’ve sketched in front of it often, but this was my first time on toned paper.

I was using the Stillman & Birn lovely Nova Trio 7.5 x 7.5 inch sketchbook, experimenting because I’ve almost never used toned paper. I began drawing with a Sailor Fude pen with 55 degree angled nib, then added watercolor, white gouache, went to town with a white Uniball pen, Posca pens and some more details in black pen. Basically, for someone who works mostly on a white background, rearranging one’s brain to see the paper as a middle tone rather than a highlight was an invigorating challenge.

MEDIA: Ink, watercolor, gouache, acrylic
SURFACE: Nova Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – Gray – Medium Grain Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Niloufer Wadia is from Pune, India. She had worked in advertising for 20 years before quitting to follow her first love, illustration – mostly for children’s books, and fine art. Urban Sketching is another huge passion. She works in watercolor, acrylics, and digitally. Her work is visible at @niloufer.sketches & @niloufer.artist

 

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