I’m absolutely loving my new sketch and walk routine and I’m particularly enjoying using coloured pencils for quick urban sketching standing up.
Three common barriers to sketching on location are:
- worrying about what people think of you
- finding somewhere to sit
- getting your gear out (in particular, getting your watercolour paints out)
And hmmm… another barrier that I just thought of… is a lack of confidence to use watercolour out on location and fear that you’ll ruin your ink drawing when you apply paint.
Being able to comfortably stand up and sketch addresses the first two barriers. And using dry media (such as coloured pencils!) helps with the other two.
Of course, you could use watercolour pencils and a water brush, you could also explore a mini watercolour kit that clips on a book and all other tricks. But in terms of a very simple solution, using a few coloured pencils is a no-brainer.
I currently have three different sketchbooks that I’m using a Toned Tan spiral pad (above)…
All of these sketches were done in around 5 minutes (I think) and were so much fun to do!
As for the colours I’m using…
I simply grabbed a few of my favourite colours as a starting point. I’m enjoying a limited palette and I haven’t felt the need to expand it… yet!:-)