What I need when I travel

Like most of you, I sometimes go away for a few days, to feed my imagination or simply take a break. Discover my essential tools. The ones that don't leave me, even when I'm 8000km away from Paris.

"The artist unveils the depth. It is because he stands back from the visible that he is close to the invisible."

- Karlfried Graf Dürckheim -


Each landscape we cross, each person we meet during these few days/weeks/months constitute most of the time our daily landscape. They even become sometimes true sources of inspiration. We are interested in their facial features, their character traits and sometimes even their history which is reflected in their eyes. We are certainly inspired, but we also learn a lot about ourselves. These little "breaks" are also an opportunity for me to diversify on other supports, to improve myself and/or discover new styles, detached from my computer screen. To confront my look to the outside world. Digital painting has its advantages and its disadvantages. But going back to the traditional design allowed me, in a way, to shape my "style".

Apart from my clothes, my suitcase contains mainly 80% of my drawing material. To give you an idea of what I take with me, besides my imagination (Of course), here is a list (not exhaustive) of my material:

Pencils ( HB, 2B, 3B, 4B, 5B )
Watercolor pencils
Watercolor Painting
Criterium ( 0.5mm, 0.7mm )
Mines ( HB, 2B )

It is important to always make sure that you don't miss any ideas. Even the simplest or most innocuous. It is from small ideas that beautiful creations are born.

One of my challenges has been to get out of my comfort zone by drawing an older man. Drawing a face that is less smooth and much more "textured" allows me to linger and refine the details that most of the time might seem trivial. Everything in the drawing, and more precisely in a portrait, has its importance. Everything in the drawing, and more precisely in a portrait, is important, as much in the precision of the lines as in the shading. It is through these different elements of the face that we create depth, emotion, experience. From the eyes to the simple corner of the mouth.

Here is an overview of my study in Martinique.


What about you, what are your must-haves when you go on a trip? What type of destination do you prefer?