The idea of a group of people sketching together fascinated me. I decided to try my hand at Urban Sketching and visited the London group who were meeting at the V&A.
I wasn’t too sure about what to take or what I would need but I was determined to be comfy if I had to sit for a few hours in the street! I travelled by train to Paddington station.
Most of what this trolley contains is my fold-up stool and cushion (I’ll write about seating options in due course). The rest is what I thought would be necessary. I’ve already shown my paintbox and below is my container which can double up as something to press on. I have a neat little handbag which I can wear while I draw so that I don’t leave my money or camera lying around in the trolley.
Here’s the equipment:
viewfinder for my square format sketch book
Paintbox with 14 colours
Small jar of walnut ink (which I didn’t use)
Small enamel plate for mixing watercolours
nifty attachable water containers with screw-tops – (didn’t use)
Various drawing pens but in the end I only used two:
Sakura Pigma Micron 05 pen; .45 line*
and a Mangaka Sepia 01 pen*
pencils, eraser – all in a see-through wallett
Cutting knife with snap off blades to sharpen pencils
matchbox for pencil sharpenings
some bits of balsa wood with bevelled edge in front – this is to do some quick flat-edged painting – I love them!
also, not in the plastic folder:
Sketch books – cartridge and watercolour paper in a folder
water jar with clip-on lid
bottle of water.
*Pens These are both pens that draw in a brown waterproof ink. The ink in both is pigment-based rather than dye- based and they are waterproof. I don’t like felt tips which glide about – I prefer a pen that has a point that ‘grips’ the paper. I bought them at Jackson’s and they also have a very nice article on technical pens and sketching pens.
More tomorrow about this exciting outing.