I’m having an absolutely fabulous time during the first week of my big 6 week road trip. It’s been wonderful to have Chris Haldane join me – we’ve seen a great variety of places in a short period of time and we’ve had so much fun!
We’re having relaxing days (going from location to location without any pressure to be anywhere at a certain time) followed by productive nights finishing our pages and posting to Instagram. Yesterday we spent 4 hours on these tasks – 30 min wait at lunch, 1 hr at our B&B before dinner, 30 mins waiting for dinner and 2 hours after dinner. Finishing our pages includes adding final touches to our sketches (I rarely do very much), researching the history of the places we have been, adding text and drawing maps. It’s a great feeling to have time to finish my sketchbook pages each day.
I’ve been really loving using A4 Portrait format Moleskine for the page layout point of view, but have been having some problems with the paper – especially in the first few days when doing landscapes. Generally the properties of Moleskine paper suits my style perfectly allowing me to do quick sketches with lots of wet in wet and wet in damp (see more here). But the paper in this book is not great – too textured on one side and too absorbent (and appears to pill) on the smoother side. So I’ve been trying lots of different things. I’ve worked out a few strategies for getting the effects that I want and it’s getting easier to use.
So needless to say, it has been a very full first few days of my trip! But today, I’m finally getting around to sharing a little more with you!
Starting Day 2 with cafe sketching
Govett’s Leap lookout – Pulpit Rock
Sketching in ‘our’ garden
Completed Spreads from Day 1
See this article for description of the adventures from the day.
All up it was a fantastic start to my trip and despite some frustrations with the paper, I’m really loving filling my sketchbook and having time to focus on my sketching again!