SKETCHING WHILE TRAVELING?

Is it a good idea to sketch while you're traveling? 

I think the answer will be different for everyone. But if you're too busy to sit down and capture new impressions while you're on the go, this could be a simple way you can still get some images in your sketchbook.

 

use your camerA 

  • Take pics of things that were unique about your trip
  • It could be a landmark, certain types of food, a memorable moment with your loved one, a beautiful landscape, etc.
  • Once you get home, scroll through your pics and use them as unique references for practice sketches or even inspiration for color combinations, patterns or subject matter.
  • You can also crop them or edit the color at your leisure to create interesting compositions.

Sketching or painting after traveling reduces the stress for me. I can also relax and enjoy the crazy cats (aka my family) when we're exploring the world.

I'm interested in fully immersing myself in the moment (as you can see in our iconic "Titanic - Kate & Leonardo reenactment".) 

Or researching more about a new culture, like trying to find out the best cuban sandwich via yelp.

Our first cruise and this is what we do. 

Our first cruise and this is what we do. 

Havana in Key West! Amazing Cuban Sandwich. If anyone knows of a good cuban restaurant in NJ, please let me know.

Havana in Key West! Amazing Cuban Sandwich. If anyone knows of a good cuban restaurant in NJ, please let me know.

 

Let your travels provide you with inspiration!

Here are three quick drawings I did in my sketchbook when I got home. 
It was nice recreating some memories and it helped with the transition process.

 

Travel becomes a strategy for accumulating photographs.
— Susan Sontag

BIG PICTURE

There are so many amazing things and people around us. Don't forget to take a picture. Use it later as a reference for a sketch or ideas for future art projects!

 

ACTION STEP

Try it! Scroll through your photos. Edit one by cropping it and experimenting with color, then use it to make art.