By Barbara Weeks
A few things I’ve learned:
Keep your gear to the minimum. It’s easier to manage in small spaces, easier to keep track of and easier to gather up when the day is done.
Here are two of my on-the-go kits.
2. Intentional Sketch-Outing Kit.
It’s what I use when urban sketching.
Where to Sketch (Anywhere!)?
Added benefits - you have a comfortable seat, a table and something to eat or drink!
Be brave , bring a camping stool and just pick a spot to sit and sketch. This works inside, too.
What about the public?
- People are curious when they see someone sketching. They’re also usually very complimentary and respectful.
- Children are fascinated and love to watch.
- If you don’t want to be interrupted wear ear buds and listen to music (or pretend to) and avoid eye contact.
- Sketch with friends. There is a comfortability in numbers.
Benefits of Urban Sketching:
- Sharpened powers of observation.
- Learn to work quickly.
- Teaches you to take risks and improvise to get the sketch down.
- Overcome self-consciousness and become a more decisive painter.
- Have fun meeting and learning from other sketchers.