Thursday, June 02, 2005
Life Drawing Travel Kit
Here is a picture of my basic "travel kit" that I pack when I go out for life drawing or gesture drawing at a local mall, eatery, book store etc. I try and keep it light and to the basics, or what I know works well for me. First I get a decent pad of drawing paper, the Biggie pads are good, but any art supply store will have plenty of selection. I also pack a backboard of some sort for support. I have this nice little masonite board that came with the DC Comics bag they gave us artists in the late 90's when there was still $$ to me made in comics.
I also take along a few clips and also some scrap paper, 8 1/2 x 11. being comfortable when drawing and having a sure surface is important. You also don't want your paper falling or shifting, blowing away...next I pack some pencils, all softer leads, 2B -6B, a rannge of markers too. I like markers as they force you to commit right away, no snading or messing around, no tenderfoot noodeling..nope—BAM! Put down that line boy! I like to take a range of markers all in the same tonal area, all warm, all cool. I love to use markers that are drying out, I find it's like drawing with a pice of pastel or charcoal at times without the mess. I will also pack a few colored pencils, an eraser and shapener. lastly a few black markers, maybe a brush marker, Faber Castle or Pigma are good, I have a little totebag witha nice draw string that I got with a pack of Mach III razors recently that fits all the supplies in nicely. I pack it all in the nice DC bag again, but any nice shoulder bag which isn't too bulky will suffice. You could get a nice piece of masonite cut for you to size at any local Home Depo or Lowes. they usually only charge you a small fee to cut it down. Another money saving tip is to buy anything like a takle box or box that holds your art supplies at the local Home Depo etc., as it will be at least 50% or better less expensive. The same art box in the art supply shop is always a lot more expensive for the same basic item, and with the cost of art supplies always rising I say save a dollar whenever you can.
lastly I make sure to wear my magic hat. Yes, it may look like a ordinary baseball cap, with Conan O'brien's face on it, but this hat engenders smiles and good vibes from those who see me wearing it. People often feel uncomfortable if they see you sketching them, like they are being spied upon, local mall cops and narcs may be suspicious of a person lurking and sketching, but that happy little hat puts out magic vibes that sooth their worries and allow me to get what I need...a little bit of their soul on paper! hahaha!