Minimalist sketching kit

Moleskinerie pal Katherine Tyrrell is back from her desert adventures and blogging about it:


"Technically – this was what I worked out as the minimalist sketching kit to be
carried in my ‘bumbag’ (which I think might be known as a ‘fanny pack’ in the
USA) – a small sketchbook Moleskine and half a dozen pencils in desert colours
plus my usual pencil and pen. In reality I subsequently realised that I had the
potential to use a lot of space in the topbox or saddlebag panniers – but I was
trying to shed my "kitchensinkitis" reputation. Read on for why they were never

We headed for the Anzo-Borrego Desert through the east of
San Diego county along Interstate 8 (very near the USA border with Mexico). We
passed giant boulder fields of granite created by erosion due to extremes of
temperature – before turning north at Ocatillo on to S2 to go north to Ocatillo
Wells, then east along Highway 78 to the Salton Sea and then north to an area
where the San Andreas fault is well marked…."

Visit her blog, "Travels with a Sketchbook"

3 thoughts on “Minimalist sketching kit

  1. Hi Armand! The good news is that my large sketchbook moleskine is full after the three week trip – with sketches of the insides of various diners and restaurants and the landscapes in California, Arizona and New Mexico and some notes from various events attended along the way.

    Notes from the CPSA slideshow were made in the back of this Moleskine and can be read in my other blog here And you can read the first of the posts about eating and sketching in my Moleskine at the same time here

    I’m just about managing to post about one days worth of sketches/photos/narrative a day at the moment… I prepare for the next trip!

  2. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
    I feel in love with Moleskins in 1998 and haven’t looked back. Soft skinny and medium sized are for writing projects, small hard and quadretti are for personal notes. I left a small soft lined notebook on a plane– it was a hybrid of journal and ideas. Hope someone kept it–the moleskin is invaluable!

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