Today’s Tuesday Tips and Tricks is my favorite way to help prevent some of those bumps in happy sketching. It’s especially fun because it involves using your tools!
|Sketch & originals of my current palettes and tools|
That’s right this is about sketching your tools.
|Tools on paper over back cover of S&B Zeta Sketchbook|
How to get started? Well, you can always just jump in and get started making up your own method. For those of you who less inclined to experimenting, there are great examples by other Urban Sketchers, like Liz Steel with USK Australia, who sketch their tools often. Here are some ideas to get you started and examples from my sketchbooks:
|Here I only draw one pen & pencil to represent multiple variations|
- Draw one pen to represent multiple pens of the same type in different widths. Draw a line from each pen coming from the tip or under the pen and label its size.
- Draw your pens and make a line coming out the tip of each. After all have dried, take a wet brush or q-tip and run it over the lines so you can see (and refresh your memory about) how each pen handles water.
- Draw only your top three favorite pens. Sure your favorite may change in a month or so, but this will help you see which types of pens you like best over time.
- Draw a watercolor pencil and a swatch from each color under it. Label each swatch with the color name on the pencil, then wet half of each swatch to see the color wet and dry.
- Make swatches of your pencils inside a rectangle or square to keep your pencils together. Label each swatch with the color name on the pencil, then wet half of each swatch to see the color wet and dry.
|This was my first watercolor chart in the back of a pocket Moleskine|
- Draw the palette you want to take on your next sketch outing and fill in each pan with the appropriate color. Leave the colors flat to see how they’ll look on the paper or practice shading to show the texture of the paint.
- Draw all of your palettes to help you remember which ones have certain colors without having to test them all again.
- Paint a stroke of each color on the page where it would appear in your palette. This quick method is still a great reference in the field.
What about you, how do keep track of your tools? Are there tools not mentioned here that you bring along to sketch with?