[Guest Post by Sophie Baxter from Halifax, UK]
When it comes to my urban sketching tools, some folk are happy with a general answer (i.e. watercolour and pens). But most are expecting a very detailed answer. They want to know which brand of watercolour I am using and the name of the colours in my palette. They want to know what size and brand my brushes are.
I answer the question, but what I really want to tell them is that the tools I’m using don’t actually matter that much.
As an artist, it’s how I’m using my drawing tools that matters. What matters is what I look at when I sketch, and what goes on in my head as my drawing progresses.
Advertisers tell us we can fix problems by buying stuff – so it is easy to think that if you buy specific art supplies, your sketches will look a certain way.
I am not saying you shouldn’t experiment with new tools. It’s fun, and can be a part of your journey as an artist. But don’t spend too much time looking for the perfect tool.
Beware of being caught in an art-buying frenzy. You can potentially accumulate piles of expensive art supplies you will never use. Art supplies will not make you paint beautifully. Practice, curiosity, patience, perseverance, and an open mind will!
Constantly searching for the ‘RIGHT’ tool or sketching kit can be a form of procrastination. You will only get the results you want through practice and experimentation.
Be wise and use your time to draw – not shop.