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.
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.
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. 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.
A work alternative is my collection of story notes, plot outlines, dialogue fragments and storyboard sketches for my upcoming comic.
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 liptints or lipsticks to add color to my zombie complexion.
Shameless plug: I always carry one of my own pocket mirrors.
Above are the things that are ALWAYS in my bag. My old and ailing LG VU 2, with it's broken camera and 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 paying in little cafes.
Depending on where I go, I pack some additional drawing munition: Brush tip pens for quick sketches, my 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 be working for over a year, I got used to lugging my 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 husbands 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 for innisfree or Aritaum just in case of my no-buy-rule being stretched, 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.
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? What mobile phone should I get once I finally replace my old one? COFFEE OR WATER?