Drawing to Remember: The Gift of Pause and the Benefits of Keeping a Sketchbook

The elusive illustrator-urbanist behind “Of Ink and Yellow Memories, Neelakshi Rathore, discusses the inward versus outward worlds of a creative. 

 

Most people start out drawing by copying things. Or they draw things as they appear before them. But for Neelakshi Rathore, things became really interesting when she began to draw things as she remembered them – when she could see a place that she really enjoyed and not draw it at that point in time, but instead go back and remember it and then draw it. “I try to remember what the place felt like, not so much what it looked like,” she says. And once you’re no longer physically situated in the place that you’re drawing, because you’re drawing it from memory, the possibilities of where you can be situated are multifarious. “You can be up, down, anywhere. Aerial perspective offers the most complete shot, and that’s why I draw aerial so much.”

Neelakshi’s fascination with the aerial view can be explained by the fact that she’s an urban designer – she’s inherently interested in the larger picture.

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Pretty houses, 2014, Neelakshi Rathore

 

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