I have been on my flight for approximately 5 minutes and have realized I’ve forgotten something. Frankly, with how haphazardly I threw everything into my bag, I suppose I should be grateful I haven’t just now recalled a whole host of forgotten items. I suspect a handful of other items will join the list in time. I have, apparently, forgotten my Apple Pencil, which I’d hoped to use for doing some digital art on my iPad mini. I have not, to the best of my knowledge, forgotten any of my traditional art supplies. I spent at least an hour of the 3 that I gave myself to pack fussing and fiddling with the Final Supply Selection, and (in contrast) spent about 15 seconds grabbing my iPad, keyboard, and tablet stand.
I will take this as a sign that I’m not meant to do digital art on this trip, and I can’t deny that a limitation on my options may end up being to my ultimate benefit. I have one fewer excuse to avoid using my watercolors now. I’ll count it as a win.
The writing I’m doing now is actually quite comfortable, despite the usual cramped airline conditions. I’m presently typing this post on my aforementioned iPad Mini using a foldable bluetooth keyboard that I hemmed and hawed about purchasing but, in this moment, do not regret owning. The adjustable tablet grip, purchased specifically to enable digital art, actually works remarkably well as an airplane seat-back mount, keeping the tablet almost at my eye level while I type. It’s probably a more ergonomic situation than my usual laptop setup. The stand also makes watching movies on my tablet a hunch-free affair while flying, though I won’t start a movie up while on this flight because it only takes 50 minutes or so to fly from St. Louis to Chicago.
I took the time I spent at my gate putting down my first sketch of the trip. Nothing special, but it got rid of the Empty Page anxiety that would otherwise have bothered me once I landed and tried doing my First Sketch in Chicago. Check it out on my instagram. I also took the opportunity to fill in my cover page with today’s date and my first location. I’m going to try something different with this cover page and see how possible it is to keep my sketching location names loosely in chronological order, instead of the usual order-less word cloud.
My primary sketchbook for this trip is a Stillman & Birn Beta Mixed Media Sketchbook, hardcover A5 portrait size. I’m also bringing one of the new Etchr A5 landscape watercolor sketchbooks as my secondary sketchbook for whatever views and circumstances want a wider lens or nicer paper. After some dithering about whether I’d want to also bring my EDC pocket sketchbook, I decided that I might end up appreciating the option for more covert sketching. So, my third sketchbook is my modified (post forthcoming) pocket sketchbook, an A6 Stillman & Birn Alpha Mixed Media sketchbook.
I’ll leave it at this for now, since we are coming in for a landing. More posts to come as my trip continues!
- On 20 July, 2019
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