At last, again, sketching at my local cafe on a Wednesday. It’s been a long time.
More sketching today. I was pretty pleased with my first sketch of a young woman with red hair rocking a 1960’s vibe.
For those of you who were asking about my sketching kit, you can see it in this second photo.
What used to be Cafe Wednesday has, with a slight drifting of routines, now become Cafe Friday. At present I am carrying a small booklet made from an A3 page of Fabriano watercolour paper, which I stitch together and fold into an old bank bookholder (those were the days!). In the holder I also carry some home made paint dot cards and the obligatory coffee loyalty card.
I made two sketches today to fill up this current booklet, which also includes several pages from my recent trip to Taiwan (more of that later).
I had quite some trouble sketching this morning as everyone I started to sketch got up and left. The foreground figure is a composite of several people. Thankfully the guy in the background hung around for two cups of coffee.
I have been refining my coffee sketching process this year, applying the KISS principle (‘keep it simple stupid’) to what I carry in my bag for impromptu sketching sessions. A test card of watercolours, a pencil, a pen and a waterbrush and a ‘book’ made from one sheet of A3 watercolour paper. Both the book and the colour card fit into a plastic sleeve from an old bank passbook (gosh, do you remember those?). Here’s a shot of the set up.
Each A3 sheet is folded in half horizontally to make two panorama style pages. These are folded in half then sewn together through the fold. Each side of the panorama is the folded in half again (as you can see in the photo above), which means the final size all folded up fits in the plastic sleeve.
Here are sketches from my latest book. What I really like is that, depending on your layout you can sketch over part, or the full stretch of the page.
Ultimately I plan to bind these booklets together into a single book.
Four sketches from 2 regular sketching spots. Two from the cafe at the markets and two from our regular cafe. In date order.