March 19, 2006


Filed under: drawing — Brian @ 8:43 pm

I try to keep a sketchbook with me all the time, so in case I have a chance to sit and draw, I don’t miss out for lack of materials. But I’m a packrat, and I tend to want to bring everything with me all the time.

I’ve been using an old 3-ring binder bag for a while. It’s meant to hold a 5×8 3-ring binder on the inside, with an equal-sized pocket next to it, both with a zipper all the way around. It maxes out at about four inches thick. I used to use it to carry my Franklin planner, when I used one of those. In it, I can easily fit three books, all of my pens, all of my pencils and a sharpener, several erasers, a travel watercolor set and a waterbrush. And paper towels and my iPod. And my keys. And a snack. Gum. Paper clips. Cellphone. No, it’s not a purse.

I don’t need all of that, and just ’cause I can doesn’t mean I should. I want to carry just what I need. Like one book, one pencil and a sharpener. (I have great admiration for people who live without extras.)

My wife, as ever, is trying her best to help me. She helped me design – and then made for me – this ‘sketchroll’ thing out of a dishtowel. It holds one 5 x 8 sketchbook (but two will easily fit), and has three pockets for pencils and pens. It rolls up nicely – there’s plenty of extra fabric there to keep things from falling out.

This’ll be great while it’s cold and I have big coat pockets. Once it warms up, I’ll be back to my lifelong problem of how to carry all the junk I can’t bring myself to leave at home, much less not own in the first place.

But with this, I can just throw it in whatever bag I take with me. With the old thing I’ve been using, I have to unpack and re-pack depending on what else was going along.



  1. Hey, I just came across your site while searching “webmaster” and “unrewarding” on Google, and I must say, your experiences sound so much like mine, but the way you go about exploring them is phenomenal. As a backtrack kind of thing, I love the quote where you mention that instead of saying “I’m no better”, one can always say “I’m no worse” than the next person. I’ve been complaining endlessly how nothing’s been presented to me, when the real problem is that I haven’t been aiming high enough. On the subject of spiritual gifts, I’ve never really thought of “more than one”, per se, but yeah, thank you for the insight. I know this has nothing to do with your current post, but yeah, thanks for a good read at 4 in the morning.

    Comment by compliant — March 22, 2006 @ 3:57 am

  2. Thanks for stopping by and saying hello. I’m glad you got something out of this. Interesting that Google pointed you here for those words…

    I’m pretty sure of this much so far: If I wait for an answer to come, I’ll wait forever in the same place. I need to get out and try things to see what fits. Eric recently left this helpful comment about trying things to see where they lead.

    Maybe that other quote, “if you can’t serve as a good example, maybe you’ll do as a warning,” is also appropriate for me. I don’t know yet.

    Comment by Brian — March 22, 2006 @ 7:11 am

  3. Yeah, well, that Sketchroll is pretty cool, but my BikeToolRoll is gonna be even more so…and I have a way to carry it wherever I go.

    Your wife is awesome…but I guess you know that. ;-)

    Comment by Eric — March 23, 2006 @ 6:39 pm

  4. I just dug out my bike tools for her to use as a reference, even!

    And yes, I do know that. She certainly is.

    Comment by Brian — March 23, 2006 @ 10:08 pm

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