Hi friends! Last summer, I finally made the time for something I’d been wanting to do for ages — I pulled together everything I’ve come to know and love about sketching and put it in one place:
A free, 50-page ebook called Travel Sketching 101.
Before putting the ebook together, I’d written about my love of travel sketching in many places around the web. I published a sketching manifesto on National Geographic’s Intelligent Travel site; I wrote another post about finding connections through sketching for G Adventures; and once, I even got to chat with the New York Times about being a sketch artist and niche travel blogger — but never before had I brought it all together in a way that could be easily read and shared.
Finally, I finished Travel Sketching 101 last August, just a few days before the 2016 Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference. I loved getting to lead a session on travel sketching at the conference, and I even used the ebook as my slides for the workshop. But again, there was one very important thing I neglected to do:
I never properly launched Travel Sketching 101 — today, it’s time to change that.
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Before I share how you can download the ebook, I want to give you an exclusive sneak peek inside. It’s chock-full of tips, sketches, and some of my favorite quotes about sketching, but most importantly, there are three key parts to help you get started:
Part One: Sketching Process
I walk you step by step through my own sketching process — each step illustrated with photos from a sketching session on the coast of Spain — in the hopes of helping you find the mediums and methods that work best for you.
Part Two: Sketching Supply List
Secondly, I open up my supply bag and share all the supplies I carry with me to a sketching session, as well as my favorite brands for each supply — from Factis soft vinyl erasers to Winsor & Newton watercolors.
Part Three: Rewards of Sketching
Lastly, I go through the three gifts that I feel make sketching a rewarding daily practice, no matter where we are in the world.
Because for me, sketching is about so much more than just art — it’s a way of being fully present in our lives.
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How to receive your free copy of Travel Sketching 101 — and enter the giveaway!
I’m a firm believer that launches should be accompanied by giveaways, so to celebrate today’s launch of Travel Sketching 101, I’m excited to be giving away a travel sketching “starter kit” to one winner at random. It includes all of the sketching supplies I love and use myself, and has a retail value of $30:
- Derwent sketching pencil (hardness HB)
- Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen (nib size XS)
- Faber-Castell soft vinyl eraser
- Winsor & Newton Cotman compact watercolor set
- Canson Montval watercolor sketchbook (5.5″ x 8.5″)
To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is:
1. Sign up for my newsletter here, and you’ll receive your free PDF of Travel Sketching 101.
2. Leave a comment below letting me know you signed up, before noon EST this Friday, the 27th of January.
3. If you’re already signed up for the newsletter, just leave a comment saying hello 🙂
And because those of you already on the mailing list won’t have received the ebook when you signed up, I’ll be sending a separate email to all existing subscribers tomorrow morning, where you’ll be able to download your copy of Travel Sketching 101.