A Fun and Fast Guide to Travel Sketching. | Cheryl Hughes | Skillshare

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      Creating a Custom Kit


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      Wrap Up


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   In this class I will present a complete and concise guide to sketching while traveling. I'll introduce my materials and the little watercolor kit I've crafted. I'll share my love sketching on location versus snapping photos. You don't have to be an accomplished artist, you don't have to know how to draw a straight line. You just need to have the enthusiasm to want to learn something new. I will show you exactly how to get started and embark on a creative adventure that you can take with you everywhere you go!

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Cheryl Hughes

Artist, illustrator, teacher, & candlestick maker


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   I'm a Massachusetts artist with a love of drawing, painting, and illustrating. I work in many mediums and have many favorites. My painting adventures began when I was about 8. It was at that point that my mother signed my brother and myself up for oil painting classes at the local paint store. Not an art shop mind you, but the local paint and wallpaper store!  So off we went magazine clippings in hand as reference photos. My love for oil painting continues and you can find me out in the field plein air painting any chance I get.

     When I can't haul all my gear on my travels I enjoy putting pen to paper and recording my adventures in my travel sketchbooks. These quick little sketches are a great way to record your holidays. ... See full profile

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1. Intro: Hi, everyone. I'm Cheryl, and I want to thank you for your interest in my skill share in your ID. Like to show you my method of travel. Sketching combines two of my favorite things. Traveling and drawing. Even if you think you can draw a straight line, I encourage you to give it a try on a few easy lessons. Some simple supplies will be sketching before you know it is a wonderful way to record your travels and a great alternative. Justic users. I'm in beautiful Hawaii, and I think it's a great place to get started. 2. Materials: Hi, everyone. I'd like to show you what I carry in my small watercolor kit. I really do like to travel light and just keep a minimum of supplies with May. So if you're just getting started, I'm going to show you exactly what I use. But remember anything that you might have any water colors that you might have. You can start with those. I just love to see you get started right away rather than wait to have all the proper supplies gathered. But to start these little travel water color kits are great. This is a Windsor and Newton. One comes with some colors, little travel brush, a great way to get started and to travel light, I found as I was painting. I really wanted to add some brighter colors, some different colors to my palette. So after a little bit, I kind of created my own little palate. Here. I bought the little pan paint, added my Winter Newton ones and made my own little kit because I wanted a few different colors. It's kind of nice. I really enjoy it, and I will show you how to make one at the end of the class, if you would like. Now I really work small. I work in these little mole skin. Watercolor books. Moleskin books are great. They come in drawing paper. Watercolor paper. I really suggest you find water covered ones. They really do work a little better. You've got a nice watercolor paper. It will hold your paint. It will hold your water. And so I would suggest rather than try the drawing with the painting, you would want the water color version. And they're great. They're small. You can keep him in your bag. They don't take up much room at all. My other supplies, I really do. Keep it simple. I have a pencil, a pen and a paint brush. So my pencil really is just an inexpensive mechanical pencil from an office supply store. I really like it. You don't have to sharpen it. You don't have to carry a sharpener. I do carry some extra lead and erasers just to have in case I've narrowed it down to one pen. I really like this micron. 03 Any pen you choose is fine, but just make sure that it is water soluble. You don't want to be washing away your inclines with your paint. So any little mechanical pen, um, is great. I've narrowed it down to the one size just for ease, of caring a lot of product around with little travel brush. Now, if you do have a little kit, Winder Newton does supply one. I have this. You trick brush. I really like. Folds up, doesn't get damaged. I found that I like the size five kind of works for everything. Really. You can get a real fine line. Some detail with this brush as well. A some nice wide washes that could be happy with one of these. I keep a little spray or full of water. Just two missed my colors before I work. I have a really fancy toothpick holder. Keep my water in and it travels. Nice, because you can put that right there, Cut up some paper tiles just so they would be tiny for my kids. And so all this fits in a little bag. You could put it in a bag like this. You could put it in a ziplock, but it's nice because it will fold up small. You could put it right in your bag, your purse. Have it with you whenever you feel like sketching 3. Pencil: So how do I decide what to sketch? What your subject could be? Anything that catches your eye. It could be a landscape, a building floral. The subjects are endless. I sometimes just find a little interesting spot while wandering around in exploring new places. Sometimes I'll be sitting in a small outdoor cafe, are cozy pub and pull out my kit and sketch whatever is in sight. I do snap a reference photo when I start, because sometimes as you know, people can move, scenes can change. And then I had a little reference photo to go by. Nothing says You have to finish here. You're sketched while you're sitting there. You can always go home, work on it a little bit. Sometimes I just get a chance to sketch it. Or maybe Inc it. Then I'll color it a little later. The great thing is, you can spend a few minutes quickly sketching a subject or if you have more time, even comfortable, and do a more detailed drawing. I have both sorts of sketches in my sketchbook, and I enjoy them all. They don't have all the finished products. It's more about memories that they evoke on the technical aspects of your drawing, so choose something that strikes your fancy and jump right in. Remember when sketching, you're not trying to do a detailed drawing in pencil. I usually just try to get the important things in. When I'm adding ink, then I add a lot of detail. You don't want a bog yourself down. Drawing at this point. Quick and spontaneous is the key drawing. Inking painting free and loose is the way to go. If you spend too much time, you add too many details and it becomes laborers and not fun. So you see, I just add some general marks. Just find out where things are going, sort of like a puzzle. And then I put it together when I'm doing the thinking. 4. Pen: Now we're going to Add Inc. This is where you can spend a little more time now. Of course, you can still work loose and quick with your pets. Sometimes they do and actually don't even add Inc at all. But if you do it, the more detailed drawing and spend a little more time enjoying your subject and exploring it through your I like the Micron pen in the size 03 It's not too thick. It's not too thin. But there's somebody pens out. There is a lot of brush pens you might want to explore. Pretty cool, too. - When I finish inking a race on my pencil lines and I'm ready to add a little color, I usually jog on the edge of my page, the location and the date just as a little reference. So when I'm done traveling, have a little diary of sorts. It's a bit like journaling, actually, and you can incorporate as much text as you'd like. I tend to be a little more picked, Orel, just a few little bits here and there. You could almost do some pages of just some quotes or texts, our thoughts about your journey and just do some sketching around that. I think that would be quite nice as well 5. Brush: I think adding the color is the quickest and simplest part of the process. I loosely paint in the sketch, and I don't turn it into an intensive painting session. Begin by giving a light mist to my paints. It just loosens them up and makes them easier to work with. It's fast, loose and most of all, fun. I usually begin with sky and then work my way through the painting. I tend to exaggerate the colors a little bit. I like things that are bright and colorful. You get the scene is a little drab. Pump it up with some color. You could make a happy, fun little drawing. Find your own style, and I'm showing you how I do things. But remember, you're the boss of yourself, so you can do whatever you like. These are just guidelines, actually, just kind of make a quick little sky. Clouds sometimes clouds out there with them in any way. When you're working in watercolor, you'll find the colors dry, a little lighter when you put them on. So I kind of do a little bit of a wash to begin with when I go back some shadows deep enough some color, Bump it up a little bit. What color is really fun? Medium. And when you're doing this, you sort of just coloring in your sketches. It's really relaxing when I'm traveling. It's easy because I have this little kid usually carrying some bottled water with me. My little cup really doesn't take a lot to get started trying. Pull out your paints and paint wherever you might be. You go home and you have these little sketches. It's so wonderful. Show your friends and your family there so impressed. Just so much nicer than saying, Look, here's a picture I just posted on Facebook of my vacation, posting pictures of your little paintings. It's fabulous. They're so I finished up sometimes with some little paint splatters just for fun and give it a few minutes to dry and you've got another special treasure in your sketchbook. 6. Creating a Custom Kit: for anyone that's interested. I'd like to show you the little watercolor kit that I crafted from an old cigarette Tin started because I just wanted a few more colors. I really like a t o offer a rose connector. Don't read cat orange, lime green. Just wanted some brighter colors. I really like color. And I tend to pay pretty bright, regardless of the scene Is drab or not, I'm always adding splashes of cover. So how we started, I just found this at the yard sale. Could picked him up on E Bay. I'm sure this is a newer little singer. Cigar 10 I believe, which would also work. I like the size of it being a little slim to fit right in my kids. So what I did is I took my pans out of my Windsor and Newton kit. I ordered some new and how I did this is I just took a little pans and I cut a bit of magnetic tape and just stuck it to the bottom of the pants. It was quite easy, kind of cool. I can rearrange them as I want, um, move them around, Have some room for mixing my colors on the little tin cover. Their works well as a palate. Um, also now. Also, if you have tubed watercolors already, you can buy little pans. Fill your own, make up your own custom palates. You could even just use the tube paints and squeezed them on. They'll dry up, missed them when you need to and rework them so you don't even have to go with the pans. Although I like them, you could have a little palette of just your tube watercolors on there. So it's pretty simple and easy and just kind of a little fun. So if you want to craft your own kid, that's an option. And I hope you like my little kids. 7. Wrap Up: Well, I'd like to thank you for exploring travel, sketching with me. I've given you a brief overview, and I hope it's enough to get you out there sketching. I've tried to stress that this is for fun and your own enjoyment. And even if you're a beginner and you think you can draw a straight line if you notice there's no straight lines in my sketchbooks, anyone can draw a straight line. You just need a ruler, so really, just get out there. Sketch. I think you will enjoy it a lot. Although this course is called Travel Sketching, you don't really need to travel far to sketch. Whether you're going 3000 miles or around the corner, you'll find something to sketch. I'd love, love, love to see your sketches. Final project for this class is simple. Just grab your sketchbook or a piece of paper, even pencil. Get out there and sketch. If you'd like, you could take a photo from one of your previous travels or just get out to a nearby park. Do a little drawing if you'd like to think it. If you'd like to want a color it, that's great, but you could also post them in process. I'd love to see your sketches. I'll answer any questions you have. You'll find that the sketching community is really friendly. Lock. We're here to help each other. If you've enjoyed this class, I would love it if you left me a review and a thumbs up. Also some suggestions of what you'd like to see next. Remember, there's a materials list attached to the project file. If you have any questions at all, please post them and I will answer each and everyone. It's been a blast. See you next time.