You asked. So I dug up some photographs of me sketching.
But first, my current sketchkit.
The books vary. I usually have a Stillman and Birn Beta in my bag. My second one might be a Cachet Watercolor book, a standard sized watercolor Moleskine, or a Stillman & Birn Epsilon book.
The pens: a regular fountain pen (Lamy Safari, which I use the least of all the tools in my kit), and a Bent Nib Sailor pen which has been doing wonderfully since I switched from Noodlers Bulletproof ink (which clogged it up constantly) to Platinum Carbon ink. 2 brush pens: one with waterproof ink, one with water-soluble ink. These are fairly new to my kit and I am loving them. I still have my old standard: an Extra Fine Sharpie. And a gel pen for fun highlights.
My paint kit is an old Cotman travel kit, refilled with Winsor & Newton Artist Grade and Daniel Smith tube paints. I like my paint creamy. The brushes are Escoda travel brushes, a #4 and a #6. I love these brushes. On my wishlist is one more brush: #10 0r #12.
Now about a question I get all the time: Where were you when you sketched that? How did you find a spot to sit there? I sit if I can. It does make things easier. But often the best view isn’t from where I can sit. Sometimes there just isn’t a place to sit down. Or the angle would just be wrong if I sat. So I stand and sketch. A lot of urban sketcher do this. It takes a bit of juggling and practice. It also means having a book and paint kit you can hold standing. Like this.
Here’s some more photographs of me sketching. Yes I do make funny faces when I draw.
That last photograph is at the Grand Canyon. Soon after I stepped closer to the edge to paint, and dropped my water container into the Grand Canyon. If you are sketching near a ledge, stand back.