I sketched some of the flowers in our garden yesterday morning and worked directly with the pen, no pencil underdrawing. From sitting in one spot on my rucksack/stool I did Gaura Lindhemeri, Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and the still-green seed heads of a Papaver somniferum.
I used a Pilot Kakuno pen with a Pilot Black Namiki cartridge in a Zeta Stillman & Birn wirebound sketchbook.
Above is my current location sketching set up. I bought the canvas rucksack/stool in a National Trust property shop (can’t remember which one) over twenty years ago. The pack can be removed from the stool and used separately. It’s a clever, sturdy design that has served me well.
Laying on the top in a Global Arts canvas zip holder is my current fountain pen selection: a Pilot EF, a Platinum Carbon EF, a Pilot Kakuno F, some ink cartridge refills for it, a Platinum Preppy F and a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen for if I’m working on toned paper.
I swap sketchbooks in and out as my preferences change. Right now I’m carrying the 10×7″ Stillman & Birn wirebound Zeta, a 6×12″ Pentalic Nature Sketch, a 5.5×8.5″ Stillman & Birn Delta softcover and an old Cachet Earthbound 11×8.5″ hardbound sketchbook (no longer made) that I’ve cut the pages out of to get rid of old work in it that I didn’t want, so it has loose sheets that I keep in the old cover and can tape to the small tape-edged piece of foamcore that I use as a “drawing board” if needed.
The rest is a variety of dry media, including dip pens and ink, that I’ll cover in next week’s post.