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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Simple Sketching Gear


Minimizing my gear for a day of sketching in the city required leaving lots of handy tools at home, and although I packed lighter than usual I still carried too much.



 These items went into my small Ellington purse: (no longer available)
  • 7" square Stonehenge sketchbook
  • Small Moleskine sketchbook
  • Pencil bag with 2 copic multiliner SP, mechanical pencil and stump, bit of eraser and Magic Eraser, mister, Pentel waterbrush.
  • Small Altoids tin with 7 colors, metal bookmark with velcro, used to mount the tin to the top edge of the sketchbook.
  • bit of terry toweling, cuff from sock, pack of tissues- all used to wipe brush.
  • large flat waterbrush
  • 2 Inktense pencils, black and sienna
  • Small water bottle
I carried my lightweight Walkstool and used it often, but probably could have found a seat on park benches, low walls, steps, or simply stood to draw.

Personal items were packed into the outside pockets (thin wallet, keys, cell phone, sunglasses, lipstick)
My little purse was jam-packed and it wasn't exactly easy to get to things. When working in the field I want to lay my hands right on the item I need.

I didn't use:
  • the tissues or the cuff. A bit of toweling is sufficient. 
  • pencil, stump, erasers
  • the sienna pencil
  • the Moleskine sketchbook
 I drank the water but could have done without carrying it since I could get water just about anywhere.
And frankly, for sketching I didn't need the watercolor kit or the brushes. It's just habit to pack them. I'm love color but all too often I mess up a good sketch by trying add color in the field.

Next time I go out sketching  I'll leave all the watercolor gear at home and I'll take a larger assortment of sizes of pens, from an .01 to a 1.0 and a brush marker, and place my attention on drawing and leave the paint for later in the studio. After this experience, and quite a few others, I hope to pare down to carrying just a small sketchbook (whatever I'm using at the time) and my pencil case with a few pens in assorted sizes.

3 comments:

  1. I'm glad our mutual friend Ruth Armitage introduced me to your blog. I especially liked this post about your sketching equipment since I'm planning a trip to France in October and wondering how much or how little to take. I'll practice a bit using your experience as a guide.

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    1. I'm so glad this was helpful, Sue. I've subscribed to your blog and just read your post about how you're doing practice plein air painting to prepare for your September trip... and about your show. Congrats!

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  2. Interesting Jo! You are a model of organization! I`m coming to your house when we lose electricity next! Randall

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