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.
The completed booklet
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.
Cafe sketch, watercolour and graphite
Celebrating ‘National (read USA) Pencil Day’, the day the first pencil with attached eraser was patented in 1858
Inspired by the woman with the red hair, watercolour and graphite
Reading the papers with the rest of the retirees, pen and ink
Arborists clearing our trees from the powerlines. The left hand page of a full spread.
Shredding the prunings, the right hand page of the full spread
At the markets, pen and ink with watercolour
A final cafe sketch for the week. Watercolour and ink.
Ultimately I plan to bind these booklets together into a single book.
Last year I bought a 7 colour pencil while I was travelling in Japan. I didn’t really use it until earlier this year. Of course it soon became such a favourite that I quickly used it up.
Unable to find this un-branded pencil locally I went back to using the other multi-coloured pencils in my stash. (I have previously discussed the Koh-i-Noor multicolour pencils). Here is a comparison.
Left to right are the 3 colour Koh-i-Noor Magic Pencil; the 4 colour Lyra ‘Super Ferby’ and last the remains of my 7 colour pencil next to it’s replacement. Yes! I found the ‘rainbow’ pencil online. Apart from the shape of the barrel, the original is round and the new one is a rounded triangle, there seems to be no difference between the two.
I also did a colour comparison so you can see the differences between the three.
I really enjoy using these colour pencils in my regular cafe sketches.
Here is a sketch with the 7 colour pencil. I find the intensity of these colours quite satisfying.
By comparison here is the 3 colour Koh-in-Noor in action.
The 4 and 7 colour pencils can be readily manipulated to select a preferred colour, while the 3 colour pencil is more difficult to control in terms of colour selection. Any of these pencils is worth trying in your sketches. They can also turn a simple line drawing into an interesting sketch.