Sketching on the go is not always easy so, today, I am going to talk to you about my creative bag. 😊
Just when I was starting to build a sketching habit, my mother in law gave me this bag as a birthday gift. 👍😝 And it became an amazing help for my sketching practice! 😀
One of the most important feature of this bag is that it is just the right size to hold a pen vertically and to carry an A5 sketchbook. What I am trying to express is that it is not like these way too big bags with all the stuff lost in the bottom!! 😉 The sketchbook is just within easy reach and I created a little vertical pocket to keep the pens and sometimes the brushes just near at hand, too.
I am pretty sure that when I will look for another bag to replace it, when this one will be really too dirty 😁 and too old, I will search for another one just this size.
In this video, I share with you the content of my creative bag and how I organize my stuff.
And here is a pic with the content of my bag. It may change from time to time, especially the pens and pencils part. 😉
There are… Wallet, keys (there usually is my phone too but not when I am shooting with it!), 😉 little bulldog clips to hold the sketchbook pages in case there is a lot of wind, round magnet, eraser, little water sprayer (to spray the palette before painting, in order to rewet the paint) (this one is an upcycled perfume one. It’s way too small. I ordered a new one).
Then : mechanical pencil, white Posca pen, magic colored pencils, fountain pens filled with waterproof ink, water pot, brush case (be sure I will write an article about the brushes too!).
At last, paper towels, sketchbook (the Daler Rowney black ones I like to use) and watercolor palette (made with a colored pencils case and make-up flat pans).
And here am I, with a terrible outfit (but it was so cold and the ground was really muddy!! ❄️😫) and my beloved bag! 😙 Pic by Olivier Béon.
Be sure that this bag purpose is not only carrying my stuff. 😉 It’s a sort of portable studio as I almost use it like a desk, a pencil cup, a brush cup and a water pot holder. 😝
So, I sketch with the bag open, tucking brushes in it, everywhere I can, 😁 and I use the little water pot I keep in one of the front pocket, for watercolor painting.
I made another time lapse video to show you how I use it. 😉 I usually hold the sketchbook in my left hand with the palette attached on it with a magnet. Here, I put them on the window sill to be able to hold the phone for filming.
See?! How useful is that?! 😀
My bag is sometimes a bit wet because of the water pot but I figured out that this setting is less risky than having the pot on a board I hold, attached with a magnet, or this kind of thing.
I was barely able to see what I was doing with my brush when filming the video but here is the sketchbook page I made. I added some context sketches. The foreshortened view of the bag and brushes was not easy to draw and I didn’t let enough white in it so the sketch is really heavy… However, the page has a good creative feeling so I am happy enough with it. ☺️😉
Soooooo… Tell me everything! 😙😉 How do you carry your creative stuff?
Believe me, even at home, it’s important to have something handy to put our gear, in order to keep it at reach and to be able to get it easily as soon as we are inspired (so, yes, I walk around with my bag at home too 😜).
Do you like to sketch standing like me? Feel free to share your tips and tricks about it and some information about your gear!
I hope mine will be useful for you. Have a great creative week! 😊