June 2nd, 2014

Oak and Moss

Graphic designer Suhita Shirodkar reports on some new drawings she recently created on a visit to California’s Central Coast wine region. “This huge, old oak stands in Templeton Gap wine country near Paso Robles. Templeton is where the hot weather of interior California collides with the wet, chilly, moisture-laden winds blowing up from the coast in Cambria. The large oaks here are literally dripping with garlands of Spanish Moss. This tree was just the perfect climbing tree. You can see kids among its branches everywhere.

I sketched this in a Stillman & Birn Beta Series sketchbook, 9×12 wirebound book. The Beta Series is my favorite line of Stillman & Birn books: it holds up to line and to heavily pooled watercolor. I sketched this piece with a bamboo nib and Noodlers Bulletproof ink. The bamboo nib worked well for the scraggly look I was going for with this tree. And if you’re wondering why the ink doesn’t look waterproof in my sketch, it’s because I didn’t wait for the ink to dry before I jumped in with my watercolors.” You can see more of Suhita Shirodkar’s artwork on her blog here: http://bit.ly/1u6LG6P

MEDIA: Ink and watercolor
SURFACE: Beta Series – 180 lb – 270 gsm – White – Cold Press Finish



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