The key is to travel light but still have all the things you need. :)
The tech stuff:
small Artograph lightbox
• I save everything on the external drive and put it back in my desktop when I get back to the studio.
The idea stuff:
The watercolor stuff:
• I use the lids as water containers. Fill both lid-containers with water. Use one to clean up the brush, and the other one should always have relatively clean water. When the water gets murky, I pour it into the "dirty" container and refill the lid with clean water. It saves me time running back and forth the coffee restroom to get clean water.
• For watercolor pads, I switch between Canson and Arches.
• I bought the spray bottle at a local Target.
The other useful stuff:
The entire studio:
(I can fit them all in my backpack if needed.)
My "on-the-go" gears are an accumulation of trials-and-errors as well as observation of how others work. I am sure through time, you too will find your personal perfect "on-the-go" gears. When you do, please drop us a line on the comments below. We would love to learn from each other!
Note: If you only have room for two things, bring your sketchbook and a pen/pencil. They are your best friends!
Maple Lam illustrates and writes for children's books. You can check out more of her work at www.maplelam.com.