Why do I sketch

Why do I sketch ?

Well I sketch to really see the world, one sight and one view, each time. Even the views that are around me all the time, became new , when I take my time to sketch them. Why don’t I take a photo and move on? Because sketching it’s different from taking a photo, the photo doesn’t show what you are really looking at, it shows everything on a wide frame, instead,a sketch shows what really took your attention and takes inside it a world of sensations, smells, conversations around you , sounds and even the light on that day, each time you open your sketchbook and see that sketch again.

Fountainpen and Sennellier watercolors on A5 Hannemuhle sketchbook

I get more aware of my surroundings but at same time, When I’m sketching, I go myself to a place where I’m not judging and I have no prejudices, I feel like a child discovering little important things, feeling the wonder of seeing for the first time hold views that were there for me all the time. A sketch it’s also a way to rebuilt your world, to stop time and focus on yourself and each little part of the world each time.

Fountainpen , Bic pen and sennellier watercolor on A5 square sketchbook

For me it’s a happy place to be when I’m upset or annoyed or have time to spent. I sketch to myself even thought I share later them on my blog, on Facebook and Instagram, I do it in the hope to inspire others to sketch too and feel the joy of being free to see the world on their own way.

Fountainpen and Sennelier watercolors on A5 square sketchbook

Fountainpen and whitenights watercolors on A5 square sketchbook

Give me a pencil and a paper and I’m the happiest girl in all world and by the way sketches are quick and inexpensive.

Sketching gear ;)

This post is for those like me that are always looking for the perfect pencil case and the perfect sketchbook. I’ll show you my actual sketching gear but first some of my past ones.

This one is from three years ago, the pencil case came from Russia, from Artskill.com it’s real leather and orange it’s my favorite color, it’s a very good pencil case and very expensive one. On the last pocket you can fit a small watercolor case. On that time I was trying the Hannemuhle sketchbooks, wich are really good. Good paper for watercolor and all technics if you don’t use alcohol brush pens.

This one is also a nice one, it’s from Eastpack and I have nothing bad to say about it, it’s very strong pencil case .

Off course I have an Art-toolkit.com by Expeditionary art but this one became too small for all the gear I wonted to carry with me 🙂 it’s strong and have multiple little pockets for many tools.

After the arttoolkit I found this one at a Japanese site Www.bubmcase.com , and this one is one of my preferences, it’s big enough for all my gear and fits a bigger watercolor case , I used for a while until I bought my actual pencil case.

This is my actual pencil case it came from a Japanese company Lihit lab, I’m not sure what model is but it’s perfect , opens like a book and have apalace for everything.

So basically these are my pencil cases. I carry one of these in my backpack 🎒 with the sketchbook and a little stool. That’s all I need for sketching.

I bought the stool at eBay, made in China, don’t remember the company’s.

Simple life 🙂

I have a simple life. I work, I eat, I smoke, I have a coffee with a friend and I come home to cuddle my two biggest friends in the world, Tito the dog and Teca the cat. Sometimes I do not come home immediately, I stop somewhere to sketch a bit. That’s the way I relax and focus on my real life. Sketching is a way to be me again after a long work day. My attention it’s focused on the subject I’m drawing and it’s funny how I see for the first time those things I look to everyday. Sketching is seeing and discovering what seems obvious at first sight. Sometimes I meet other Urban Sketchers to sketch and that’s the only way I don’t feel antisocial when drawing 🙂

Tito . A5 Escoda sketchbook, Namiki Falcon pen with Atramentis document ink

Teca doing what she does best, A5 Hannemulle sketchbook

Sketching gear 😜

Well these are my three beautys , my most beloved pens. The first one is a Sailor 1911, the queen of pens, soft and juicy on watercolor paper, the second is a Namiki Falcon, an holdy extra soft and flexy lovely pen, the third is my trusty Hero Fude , I love to draw with this one because it makes diferent lines thicknesses . Love them all.

But I’ m still looking for new fountainpen stop sketch, so last month I bought this one at Gizmosified.com and it’s a Stone Graph. Well, for the price, about 30$ ( with import taxes) it’s not bad. It has the longest nib I know, it’s really flexy, producing diferents lines thickness but it’s a bit scratching on watercolor paper. It has a nice flow of ink too. If you want a cheap and flexy pen , this is it. But count on a litle bit of scratch on drawing on watercolor paper.

A5 Escoda sketchbook , white nights watercolors and Stonegraph fountainpen pen