Viewing the world through the sketches of graphic artists

In the age of instant click-and-posts, these artist-travellers slow down to document their experiences
Curated By: Benu Joshi Routh
Published: Mar 7, 2017
Viewing the world through the sketches of graphic artists
Ishita Jain
Age: 23
Lives in: Currently, New Delhi
Favourite places: Étretat in Normandy, France, is one of the most beautiful places I have visited. But I love beaches, and I love places with ruins or old monuments.
Preferred technique: While travelling, I usually stick to watercolours and fineliners.
Occupation: I am a freelance graphic designer and illustrator.
Description of experience: I started keeping travel sketchbooks after my first semester at the National Institute of Design. Sketching when travelling feels like the most unadulterated and genuine way of storing special memories. My sketches and notes become like a record for how I feel at a particular place, at a particular time.

I see better when I draw. I am fond of drawing buildings and architecture, especially old monuments. I often slip into imaginary realities and different periods of time while sitting in a beautiful place and sketching it. I draw what I see and I like to finish my sketches wherever I am, down to the colouring and writing. (Also, I like to keep bits of paper, tickets, fallen leaves or even dead insects—bugs fascinate me—that I find, in my sketchbook.)

Jama Masjid, Delhi, India: August 2016
Everytime I get frustrated with Delhi, I just need a glimpse of some of the city’s former glory and, usually, everything seems better. This was drawn on a beautiful, windy afternoon from top of the minar at Jama Masjid, while staring over erstwhile Shahjahanabad. I love reading about Delhi, especially the Mughal period, and to then go and sit in a place like this and imagine what it would have been like, at that time.