Thursday, 2 February 2012

Travelling Light

On our recent travels, and as you can guess, I have my Sketchbook with me.  I often take along some  watercolour paper, that way I get to do larger paintings in the comfort of our Hotel.   When we are out and about I just use my Sketchbook and my trusty camera for reference photos.

Being out and about does mean sometimes struggling along with a large bag of everything you think you MUST HAVE.  So this is where I have simplified what I take. Going down to South Devon recently was an opportunity to keep my sketching supplies basic and I thought I would show you just how BASIC I keep them for a quick sketch in this cold weather, brrrrr!

So what do I take....

Sketchbook  -  Pen   -   Pencil


 
you can't get more basic than that, but how about a bit of colour.  This is where I prepare the pages first and add little blocks of colour down the edge of the page using my Derwent Inktense pencils, that way I don't have to take the Derwent pencils with me.



It means I can do a quick sketch with pencil or pen and with my waterbrush use the colours as and when I need them





The colours activate easily and provide enough for each drawing, which in this case was the Hotel on 




and there you have it, 
a very simple sketch but also very few items to have to carry about

(oh and I want to point out we did not stay in that particular Hotel - way too dear!)


have a good day everyone!
 
 
 

20 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing, very interesting and useful. Best wishes!

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  2. Simplifying is good! Not only in painting but also in sketching supplies! :) The trick with the watercolour pencils is a great idea!

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    1. Thanks Judy, it's a bit like having a little mini palette on your page:)

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  3. Wonderful. Thanks for the tips...I have a few travels coming up this is very handy to know. Xx

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    1. Good to know this may come in useful Dion:)

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  4. Very basic indeed, great idea to do the blocks of color, this is something everyone could bring anywhere. Thanks for all your good tips!

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  5. Cool! I wondered about those little blocks of color in some of your previous sketches and just figured they were a reminder to you of what colors you used.

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    1. Thanks Annie...I find them useful for that too:)

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  6. Great idea, Ann. Thanks for sharing it. Your sketch is fab - and one day, you'll make that hotel :) xx

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  7. Now that is the most clever idea I have seen in a long while.
    But I think I would put the squares of color on an "extra" piece of paper for that purpose (perhaps paperclipped into the back cover of the art pad) so it didn't have to be on the same page as my painting. Just a thought.

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    1. Thanks Lynn, glad you like the idea. Yes, you are right it would be good to add the colours to a seperate piece of paper.

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  8. What a brilliant idea! Thank you for sharing, and also for leaving such a nice note on my blog.
    Balaji

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    1. Glad you like this idea Balaji :)

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