What sketchbook/paper are you using?
Over the years I used quite a few different types of sketchbooks, here's the ones I loved and used the most:
What pens are you using?
I've been using Lamy pens for a long time now, my favourite pen is Lamy Safari or Lamy AlStar, medium nib. Both are basically the same, the difference is in the casing, one is plastic, another one is metal. Here's my current ones, all M nib.
I really want to draw but don't know how to get started!
How long does it take you co complete a drawing?
That's the most difficult question I've received so far. The answer is - I don't count. It really depends on how much time I have on my hands, which is always little. I mean, I can draw fast. I can complete the same sketch in 10 minutes or in 1 hour, if I want to enjoy slow process.
Do you work on location or from reference photos?
If I sketch for myself in my sketchbook, I draw on location. Only if a trip is very intence (most of my work trips are), I can doodle on location and then finish the sketch the same day later, when I have time and still remember how it looked and, most importantly, felt like.
What makes you choose your materials you use?
Their weight :) I travel with a very limited set of materials that I've narrowed down after years of selective process. I carry them with me every day, everywhere. So my choice of materials rarely depends on a subject, but heavily depends on paper I draw on. Over time I was slightly changing the basic tool set to adopt to paper in a current favourite sketchbook.
Do you use any techniques to convey the place you are drawing?
Not really. My stile is pretty fixed, only the colours change depending on a place. Although I still carry the same small 12-colours pallete with me.
Do you plan the image in advance? Do you use pencil to do it?
I don't plan my spreads, and I don't use a pencil for pre-drawing. I find it a killer to all possible liveliness in a sketch. Intuition and eye-hand coordination is best developped without overthinking. It's sketching after all, not illustration. It's not meant to be perfect.
Watercolors first then a pen? Or a pen, then watercolors?
Mostly, pen drawing goes first, then watercolor, if I have time. But I'm not really fixating on a particular way. This one is just my favourine. Here there are others which I also use with non-waterproof pens:
Is sketching what you do for a living?
No it isn't. I'm a full time Senior Interior Designer in a company that designs and builds corporate offices. Meaning, most of my time I spend creating cool work spaces for big companies all over South East Asia.
How did you begin drawing?
Any artist will tell you that they draw since they were kids. Indeed, we all do. The thing is, some people stop, some don't.