The portability and cleanliness of watercolor pencils is the number one thing that drew me to the medium. Pencils and paper are arguably the most portable art supplies there are. I can quite easily keep a stash of pencils and some paper in a case or bag and carry them wherever.
Inspired by a recent viral James Gurney YouTube video, I snapped a pic of an airplane just before I boarded my plane and then sketched and painted it while on the flight. It was a really nice way to pass the time.
I was able to pull out my pencils and paint compactly and cleanly and with the Derwent waterbrush I brought. This tiny painting which measures 4”x3” was done on UArt 400 sanded pastel paper that I cut down to size before I left. I stored the pencils, paper and waterbrush in the Global Art Canvas Pencil Case - 48 pencil size. It's almost 5x8x2 inches which makes it VERY portable. The smaller case forces me to have a limited palette. I carry 24 pencils on one side of the two zippered case and 2 water brushes and my cut down paper in a cut down plastic folder on the other side. I also carry a paper towel, a small ruler, and a pencil sharpener. I can fit the whole kit in a jacket sized pocket or any bag/pack I might be carrying
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Pulling out my pencils and paper drew the attention from those that sat next to me but not in a bad way. The man next to me was very interested in watching and made comments as I progressed as to how good it looked. The flight attendants made a few nice comments as well. Just after we landed, the man next to me asked if he could snap a picture of the painting. I let him and it kind of made my day to get such nice compliments.
I spruced the painting up a little bit later that night while in my hotel. It is a really nice way to pass the time both in the plane and at the hotel. I think I make sure I do a little art piece like this a part of every trip I take.