My name is Anna Warren (Follow me on WordPress, Facebook, and Instagram!). Growing up in the UK, camping was not a big part of my life, but now I live in Australia it has become a huge part of my life. Each year we go into the furthest corners of Australia, exploring areas that most Australians never get the chance to see, let alone people from other parts of the world. Wherever we go I take at least one sketchbook – nowadays it is generally an A4 hardback book, my favourite being one from Daler Rowney, but I have also used Stillman & Birn and Hahnemühle.
I often also carry a small sketchbook that will fit in my backpack when walking, a selection of waterproof pens of different thicknesses, the fine ones, (.05-.3) are my favourite range, and a Winsor & Newton travel paintbox. The paintbox is a work of art in itself, opening out with small palettes, a water bottle and a water container that acts as a lid when it is closed and clips on the end when it is open. My materials are completed with two travel brushes which have covers to protect the bristles which come off to make handle extensions.
Much of the time I walk with my eyes on the ground, searching for objects to draw – leaves, seedpods, shells, feathers and my particular favourite – skulls. I very rarely draw landscapes, except for the odd tree. The intention is to draw every day when traveling, but it’s not always possible. There are times when I can immerse myself for several hours at a time and really get lost in drawing my collected objects. I do find the more I draw, the better they get! Finding out the names of things is important to me too, so I annotate the sketches as I go.
Drawing is something I have done forever, but I trained as a graphic designer, working freelance in London then Sydney. A great career while my daughters were small, as I could fit work in around them. Now that they are grown up, I can spend more time drawing, in pencil and pen. I also paint in oils, am a printmaker and a miniaturist, and have recently become entranced by making 3D objects and books from my prints and drawings.