Long distance driving holidays can be pretty boring when you’re a passenger. After you’ve read your books, texted your friends and checked your email a half dozen times (yawn) it’s time to do something else.
I get bored like anyone else but the one thing that sitting in a car for endless miles does for me is to give me time to do some sketching. I can’t sketch landscapes effectively given that we’re passing the views at 110 – 120 kilometres per hour but I can sketch things out of books and magazines. That’s where I got the image above. I sketched it in fine felt pen then touched it with watercolour when we arrived at our destination.
I love sketching with fine tipped felt pens such as Faber Castell Ecco Pigment, Sharpie Fine Point, Pigma Micron and Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen. I sketch primarily in black, brown and sepia inks – and occasionally in blue.
I sketch just about everything that interests me – chairs, plants, scenery, still lifes, and so on… I carry a limited selection of watercolours and add colour to the sketches later.
It’s amazing how fast time goes by – sometimes I get so caught up that I don’t notice the views outside the van! I’m really looking forward to the next time I get to do this again.
What do you do to while away the time when you’re a passenger on a long distance car ride?