It's always an exciting time when you start gathering together your sketchkit. I'm packing for my trip to Manchester, and for my workshop People and Places: Life in Contrast and I'm keeping my it simple.
What's in my bag?
My standard supplies:
Pens: An assortment of fountain pens and brush pens, (Sailor Bent Nibs, a Lamy Safari and a Pentel Brush pen) filled with DeAtramentis Document Ink.
Watercolors: I'm using a metal palette with a little Nalgene container stuck on with a magnet. And an assortment of halfpans and fullpans that I will refill with tubes I carry. (I think I might need that hairdryer in my room to help dry out those refills in wet weather.) Pans stuck down in that palette with Blu-Tack.
Brushes: A couple of brushes from Rosemary & Co: a small mop and a dagger brush. I may add another wide, flat brush to the mix...
Sketchbooks: I always carry the largest sized Stillman & Birn Beta book, but I've added a smaller Alpha and Delta book and a Strathmore Toned Tan paper book. Yes, I totally overdo it with how many sketchbooks I carry, and they weigh a ton! If you are smart, you'll buy extra books in Manchester if you need them... but you probably won't if your goodie bag has a book in it.
Other supplies: The biggest difference to my kit is how many pencils I'm taking along: graphite pencils, a set of colored pencils, my two-sided red-blue pencil, and a rainbow pencil.
A lot of my workshop is about building little vignettes with both people and places, using a mix of different media, and it's a great time work with materials that are easy and fun to use. Besides, it may be rainy in Manchester and there's only so much patience I have with non-drying watercolor on a rainy day!
If you are taking my workshop, you don't have to have all these supplies.
Here's what would be great to bring along:
- a cheap paper sketchbook in which you can use a lot of pages to do quick gestural sketches. Don't use your fancy paper for this bit. It's important to do lots and lots of these so a not-too-precious paper is best.
- a bigger book for a larger sketch in the second half of the class.
- a brush pen for gestural drawing.
- a couple of other media that you can experiment with mixing in. Keep them easy and portable. I'm bringing colored pencils, pens, and watercolors.
- Keep your kit LIGHT. If it rains, we might stand/huddle someplace and sketch!
- Bring a waterproof jacket/poncho: it's hard to sketch when holding an umbrella
If you aren't in my workshop, I'll be posting a workshop review and a downloadable version of the handout you see in the photo on my blog when I get back in early August.