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Travel Sketching

I don’t consider myself an advanced sketcher, but I am really enjoying recording places and people while on vacation. I think sketches have a way to bring back vivid memories at least as well as a picture would, and they are more unique.

We traveled to Thailand for Spring break and here is what I brought with me:

I made a small portable watercolor set from a box of Barklays and chewing gum packaging.

Here are the colors I used for my travelling watercolor box:

Paynes grey, sap green, Winsor green, ultramarine blue, Turquoise blue, permanent red, Alazarin crimson, cadmium yellow, burnt sienna, yellow ocher.

(Click on a picture to see a larger version)

We traveled with a group and a local guide and the rhythm was quite intense so most of the opportunities I had to draw and paint were during our travelling times or waiting in hotel lobbies. I will have to use my reference pictures to make more drawings of the places we visited.

For drawing, I used mostly a fine liner or fountain pen to make contour drawings. I like it better than using graphite as it forces me to draw with assurance, knowing I won’t have the possibility to erase.

For adding color, the watercolor travel box was very convenient and also were the watercolor pencils and water-brush.


Here is a selection of my drawings and some of my daughter that she made from imagination while travelling:


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  • Sonia April 4, 2017, 1:14 pm

    Excellent sketches Sandrine. Looks like your daughter is following in your footsteps hers are brilliant also.

  • Eddi Reid April 4, 2017, 8:27 am

    Endlessly creative! Some of the products are new to me but I promise myself a trip to Dick Blick in the very near future – so am adding to my shopping list already.
    The sketches are fun, Charlotte’s animals look great. I actually have sketch books almost unused – now I really must pack them when travelling, or even in the car.
    Thank you Sandrine.

    • Sandrine Pelissier April 4, 2017, 8:53 am

      Excellent! Thanks Eddi.
      I am sure you will enjoy sketching on your next trip 🙂

  • tracie April 4, 2017, 7:23 am

    Sandrine you are a genius. I love the way you think. A gum box. 😀

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