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.
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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: