Last week, the kids and I jumped in the car and headed south. The week began well, with fish tacos at Splash Cafe, Pismo Beach.
And Pismo is always beautiful.
I asked my son to take a picture of me sketching at the beach. This is what he took. Not quite what I meant for him to do, but oh well…
Driving south means I want to draw every palm tree I see. It takes me a while to actually feel like I can see a tree simply and not get obsessed with every frond in it.
We drove to San Diego the next day. The Safari Park is among my favorite places to visit. No sit-down-and-sketch possibilities when you have 2 excited kids that want to see everything, so it’s walk-and-draw time: I used a waterbrush, my paint palette, a small Stillman & Birn Alpha book and a blackwing pencil for the most part. Sometimes I pulled out my Sailor pen.
Sketchnoting like this isn’t about painting. It’s about seeing. I see the birds and animals better if I draw them, even if it is very quickly and loosely.
I’m still working on a good minimal kit for occasions like this, so if you have a pared-down, minimal setup that you feel you can draw with on the go, I’d love to know about it.