EDM drawing prompt 179 two onions

EDM-179-onionThis morning before I go dashing out the door I would like to share with you my sketch from yesterday. It is another mundane topic  but it is in the spirit of drawing every day things.  I think I enjoy drawing food. Since to day is market day I will have some more to draw too!

This sketch was done in a Strathmore mixed media sketchbook which is 5.5 in x 8.5 in (14 x 21.6 cm) using artist pitt pens, Derwent watercolour pencils, watercolour paint, white charcoal pencil and lots of fun splotching about!

Click the image and you see a larger version. This is drawing prompt off  the EDM challenge list .The Every Day Matters drawing challenge has a flickr group and a  Facebook page

Finding a feather

sketch of a featherI found a Sulphur Crested Cockatoo feather on one of my morning walks. As I carried it home to draw I was wondering if there was a little sketching project about found objects. I walked up the hill to our home I realised most of Canberra is suburbs and probably the most interesting thing to find would be the odd dead shopping trolly but the idea may have some merit so this morning I am pondering…

This sketch was done in a Strathmore mixed media sketchbook which is 5.5 in x 8.5 in (14 x 21.6 cm) using artist pitt pens, Derwent watercolour pencils and watercolour paint as one of the daily prompts provided by a facebook group called A sketch a Day .

Drawing Prompt – the last gift you received

drawing of charcoal pencilsI knew once I started bounding around the 31 Days in January  AJW Sketchbook challenge is run by Palma of A Creative Journey  I would be jumping about for the rest of the month. This grasshopper like activity  is because I am trying to draw these things from life rather than work from photos as my goal this year is to get into the routine of drawing regularly. It is only with constant practice that I will improve so I am pushing myself to try and draw daily. Anyway this is the prompt for day 12 which reads “the last gift you received”.

For Christmas I was given a box of Derwent Charcoal pencils and I had time to test them a little. In this drawing I used watercolour paints, Charcoal pencils and pitt pens in a Strathmore mixed media journal. The disks are swatch tests of each colour. I also used a fixative on the page because of course charcoal smudges. I like smudgy drawing media as you can push it about a bit but it does need to be fixed. As usual click on the image to see a larger version of the photograph.

This is also EDM drawing challenge 97 Draw a present you have received

Sketching gear organised and art materials packed!

Sketching GearI thought I would share with you what I have packed in my sketch kit for our big trip and then when I get back from my trip I will share with you the things that did not work and what I did not use! No doubt along the way I will babble here and share what is working.

So this is a photograph of what I am taking. Let me describe it in more detail.

Sketching Gear -sketch booksI am taking 2 Daler Rowney sketchbooks of 150 gsm cartridge paper, that are bound in landscape format. This will be either a delight or a curse I am not sure yet, as being landscape they open out quite large and working with them in cramped space might be a problem but I do like the size. A page measures 27 cm (10 half inches) by 21.5 cms (8 and a half inches) I like a bit of elbow room as I was taught to draw from the shoulder a smaller book feels a bit frustrating at times. I am taking 2 as my regular journal/studio journal activity chews through a sketchbook in about 6 weeks. I will be away 9 weeks so I figure since I have just started one of the books on September first, I will go through 2 sketchbooks.

watercolour pencilsIn the pencils rolls I have a set of Derwent water-colour pencils which as you can see are not new. When out and about, I can use these, then when home or in this case when back to where we are staying, I can add water.
I also treated myself to a set of their new Inktense pencils. I have done a few swatch tests  but as yet have not really used them. When I tested them,  I loved the intensity of colour in this product line so I will let you know what I think of them. Both sets are carried in pencil rolls to protect them as too much banging about can break the leads.

Sketching Gear watercoloursI will carry a set of watercolour paints in field box which I have used for years. Next in plastic carry pack which is made to be able to show airport security what bathroom items you are carrying. In it, I have some water soluble graphite pencils, a small spritzer, 4 water brushes, ( I am a glutton for brushes)  and a small plastic water container. I also have, a few sheets of kitchen towels, tissues and hand wipes to help with clean up. These I will replace as I run out.
I may add some regular brushes as I will have some evenings to play in my journal too. I am still thinking about it.

Sketching GearNext is my drawing gear which is also held in a clear plastic carry pack. I have a set of Faber-Castell Pitt artist pens which I love. They are a set of 8 black pens with various nibs. In the clear plastic bag is bull dog clips to hold flapping pages of a sketch book in place, graphite pencils HB, 2B, 6B and woodless graphite pencils 2B, 6B, pencil extenders, pencil sharpener that catches shavings, a plastic eraser and a kneadable eraser.

In the next clear plastic airport security bag (I don’t know what I would do without these) I have scissors, tape glue sticks, double sided tape, washi tape, and small knife. This bag will get packed in my luggage that goes in the hold as taking on the plane with me will not be allowed. Basically I grouped all glueing and cutting materials together in this bag and I will probably use it of an evening when back at where I am staying rather than carting this stuff around with me all the time. I also have a small packet of paper ephemera which may get added.

Sketching Gear bagA trip to a luggage store solved what bag I will carry all this stuff in as I spotted a bag that is part of a packing system meant to keep clothes in order. I thought that it could keep art gear in order. It is double sided square bag with a handle. Many of these types of packing systems don’t have a handle but this one does which means I can carry it around easily. One side holds all my gear with plenty of room to spare and the other holds the sketch book.

Sketching Gear bag 3The lot zips up and I can carry it as is or if I am out for the day it fits easily into my small back pack. The weight is such that I can walk for miles without a problem. I think however I will be carrying it as it is in most places. It is like carrying a very small suit case or large handbag. Hey there is even extra space to stuff some shopping in!

Sketching Gear bag 2The fisherman’s chair has a strap to sling over the shoulder or that too can fit in my back pack. I also will add a water bottle, wipes for my glasses glasses, sun glasses, and some sunblock.

Sketching Gear bag 4Hopefully I have not forgotten anything. I will let you know what I used and needed and what I did not require.