Whenever I travel, I keep a travel journal with written daily entries, but for my next trip, I am going to keep an illustrated travel journal.
I’ve been preparing for this trip by doing pen drawings out in my neighbourhood – often, freezing on park benches. I’ve been doing pen and watercolour sketches from photos of past trips. I’ve also been getting inspiration for page layouts from the incredible book, “An Illustrated Journey: Inspiration From The Private Art Journals of Traveling Artists, Illustrators and Designers” by Danny Gregory.
I draw slowly. I paint slowly. I will fall terribly behind on my trip if I spend a lot of time on each sketch. So I’ve been trying to speed up, be more loose – very hard for me. I do take a photograph of the subject I am drawing, usually to do the watercolour later. But I don’t always want to depend upon this method. I want to capture the moment and BE in that moment.
Here are a few of my practise sketches: