Prep for USk Chicago 2017

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Counting down to the start of this year's Urban Sketchers Symposium! This year it's in Chicago, and here's what I'm bringing along.

USk Chicago 2017 - symposium prep

This will be my seventh symposium - missed the first one but have been to every single one since. This year, I get to sketch in Chicago AND see "Hamilton" - squee!

I've gotten the symposium packing mostly down to a science. Basically, I copy the materials lists from all the workshops I'm taking into one document and then go through my studio pulling items. Then I edit. I add some of my own favorite supplies. Then I edit some more.

This year's haul includes:

  • Hahnemuehle sketchbook and watercolor block
  • Moleskine watercolor sketchbook
  • A few toned paper sketchbooks, for Pat Southern Pearce's workshop
  • Several palettes with watercolor half pans, mostly filled with tube paints
  • Neocolor II crayons
  • Brushes, waterbrushes
  • Nalgene bottles and empty Talenti gelato container for water
  • A tube of white gouache
  • Fountain pens, fineliners including white, silver & gold, and some watercolor pencils, pencil sharpener
  • Pastel sticks in gray, white, and cadmium orange, for LK Bing's workshop
  • An iPad Air 2 and Adonit Pixel stylus, for Rob Sketcherman's workshop
Of course, I'll also take along a waterproof tote/backpack, an ammo belt (for pens!) a folding stool, hat, water bottle, etc.

What are you packing?

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