When I realised in August that I wouldn’t be able to go on my two week road trip in early September I started planning an alternative that would fit within our lockdown restrictions. And that means for the next two weeks I’ll be exploring my own LGA (Local Government Area) as part of my exercise for each day. I’m not sure how much sketching on location I’ll be able to do so I have a two-sketchbook plan – one for quick thumbnails and notes on location and another bigger book for mostly at-home work.
I’m really excited about using the two sketchbooks I have chosen for this ‘trip’. (BTW this trip is officially called ‘My LGA 2021’)
- Greenwood Journal – for my notes and thumbnails. This notebook (Melbourne based company) has a gorgeous vegan leather cover, smooth paper that is great for writing, dry media and a little water, and opens totally flat. Sam from Greenwood sent me a journal with my name on the cover last year and I’m excited to finally have a great project to use it for. More about this shortly!
- Clairefontaine Goldline Natural sketchbook in the large square format 30x30cm. I used one of these sketchbooks last year and enjoyed it. So I’m really looking forward to trying it again and experimenting with a brand new format. This size is big!!!!
Last week I did a few tests in my Greenwood – a few rough thumbnails during my Saturday morning walk at Davidson Park, and then a few thumbnails before a zoom catchup with Paul.These tests helped me decide that I want to do simple sketches with a little bit of colour. Hmm, maybe it would be fun to use dry media only – coloured pencils or watercolour pencils (without adding water). But I have a feeling that if I use WCPs I will find it hard to resist adding a little water to my sketch.
I spent a few evenings last week going through my CP and WCP collection. I have an old Derwent Artists set from university days, a Colorsoft set (part of a USK symposium goodies bag?) Caran d’Ache Museum pencils (from a sponsorship in Amsterdam 2019), Inktense pencils that I purchased in 2009 (and hardly used since), a few random Prismacolor Premier pencils. and Faber Castell Polychromos versions of my Albertch Durer set.
It’s been a little overwhelming to have so many options but as I’m not leaving home, there’s no need to make any decisions before the break starts. I’m just going to have fun experimenting with some different colour schemes.
I’m not sure if I’ll post much here in the next two weeks… but if I feel like it, I will. The goal of this two-week break is to have a break from my computer and to try some new things.