What's in my Bag - Life Illustration

#WIMB Artist Edition

This was supposed to be a part of the Meet the Artist tag, but hey, you only have so much space on a sketchbook page. 

 #WIMB What's in my bag illustration, the artist edition! I carry lots and lots of sketchbooks, notebooks, my planners and of course pens. lifestyle illustration, artist life & supplies, art materials. 
 

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I use two bags: A small one for little errands, visiting friends and going out, and a large one for whenever I see a break in a cafe with enough space and wifi to work in on the horizon.

 Working in public as an artist: My essential bag content for work breaks in coffee shops or when going on short trips. Freelancing means needing a laptop every single day, and I'm always optimistic about finding time to work on storyboards on the side.

What's in my Bag: Work and Drawing

The tote bag was sewn by my mother-in-law and is the most practical, sturdy, and pretty thing. 

I try to not take my laptop with me since it's precious and a bit fragile, but can't avoid it on some days. I bought it since it's super light and travel-friendly, and LG is my go-to and trusted Korean tech brand. 

A very sturdy external hard disc is what allows me to have RAM heavy-hitters like Photoshop running on my laptop, with all my files stored externally. I like external harddiscs that come with their own protective casing and have been using this one by Transcend for the last couple years. 

 I love beauty and makeup, but rarely have time to apply some - going out means carrying a cushion foundation and lipsticks to do my makeup on the go. Also, hand cream and my beloved hurraw! lip balm. #wimb What's in my bag / pouch, beauty illustration.

Korean Beauty pouch for on the go...

The small bag contains my makeup and beauty needs. I rarely use hand cream at home since it makes working with paper a greasy mess (...sorry), so I like to slather it on when I go out!

My favorite lip balm is the 'Hurraw!' bar in coconut and vanilla. I'd eat it if it weren't such a good moisturizer... For some additional moisture oomph for lips, under-eye area, knuckles and nails, the Hanyul Cure Multi Balm is a pricey but very long-lasting investment. I've been using the same tub for two years now, and there's still plenty left.

For the cold winter months in Korea, I use an Innisfree Ampoule Moisture Cushion, and always pack some lip tints or lipsticks to add color to my zombie complexion. 

Shameless plug: I always carry one of my own pocket mirrors.

In My Bag, Everyday:

Above are the things that are ALWAYS in my bag. My old and ailing LG VU 2, with a tendency to just shut down mid-battery, the additional battery I carry just for that, my keys (in true Korean manner: A digital chip for the house door), another hand cream, random pens, sketchbook, and my little collection of credit and membership cards.

I rarely use cash here - Korea is the land of digital money, and I only ever use 'real' bills on the traditional market or when paying in little cafes. 

Depending on where I go, I pack some additional drawing munition:

Brush tip pens for quick sketches, my Paperblanks planner and journal to jot down ideas, smaller sketchbooks for commission drafts, diary sketches, or my Korean vocabulary collection. 

Since my phone's camera hasn't been working for over a year, I got used to lugging my Nikon J1 camera wherever I go. It dents out my little bag, but who cares if you get pretty pics out of it? If there's already too much stuff in my bag, I snatch my husband's phone for the occasional shot.

Last but not least: All the stuff that just pops up in my bags or hands when I'm out and about.

Pens I don't remember owning, coupons, receipts, hair bands and clips, water and/or coffee (let's face it, mostly just coffee) and, strangely, clementines from the local market that get snuck into my bag by the lovely vendor ahjumma. 

 
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That's it! My bags are an orderly mess!

 
Since most of our friends work, like we do, in gastronomy (cafes, bars, restaurants, bakeries...) I'm very well-equipped when it comes to hanging out in public spaces to chat, drink, and work.

How many bags do you have on rotation? What is the last thing you found in there that you couldn't remember where it came from?  COFFEE OR WATER? 
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