When I decided to quit my job and go on a round the world trip, I had also started to draw again. I took any spare 15 minutes, before or after work, to draw. I drew my breakfast, my desk, my handbag, anything that was in front of me. I used an old journal that I had kept for years and only used one page in and cheap pens I had lying around the house. The goal was to draw everyday and draw everyday things and not worry about the pens bleeding through the paper or to produce a masterpiece. Once I made that decision, I made the time to do it. I drew while watching television, while eating my breakfast, even drawing my toothbrush. 2012 original sketchs_shantele_ianna

2012 original sketchs_shantele_ianna_1In the past I would worry about wasting materials, paper or paint unless the end result was for a purpose, a wall or a friend. This was the first time I had drawn in a book and just drawn for me, not for any other reason than to enjoy it. By drawing in a journal I could look back and notice how my drawings had improved, which was an incentive to keep going. Through this process I discovered amazing and inspiration people such as Michael Nobbs and Danny Gregory and got inspired to take a journal and a small watercolour pocket box on our round the world holiday.

Below is a sketch of what I decided to take, I was travelling with carry on only, so whatever I took it had to be able to be taken on the plane and small enough to fit in my 30 litre backpack with everything else. I decided on:

-a small Windsor and Newton watercolour pocket box, and a

-a Moleskine watercolor journal;.

I also carried a material sunglasses case containing a water brush, 0.3m Pigma Micron pen, a pencil, pacer, sharpener and an eraser. My tools have¬†changed since 2012 but for this trip it fit well with my brief of small, portable, easy and most importantly “with me” so that I would draw and document the trip.sketching_tools_sketch sketch_watercolor_pocket_box_winsor_and_newton

4 Comments on My 2012 sketching tools

    • Hi Gloris

      When I first started I was using the micron pens and these are the ones that I took overseas, but I really don’t like them I find that the nibs are too sensitive and I was having trouble holding them the way I like and getting a good flow. So now I use the cheap uniball micro pens.


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