I just posted this on the Urban Sketchers blog, and thought I'd put it here too...you might be interested!
We had planned to stay over in Indianola on our way to the Amana Colonies, but there was no room at the inn. After much wandering about, we found ourselves on a rainy Saturday night in Altoona, by a truck stop. I was determined to draw, so I sat at the window and went for it! The air conditioning unit acted as a table and the windowsill was my taboret.
I've been carrying a woodless colored pencil so I didn't have to worry about the lead refusing to sharpen...did the initial sketch with that, in black...
When I added the color from my retrofitted Prang set (my current favorite travel palette) I discovered it was a woodless WATERCOLOR pencil. Ooops. Oh well, I rather liked the effect, it made it look as rainy as it indeed was.
Joseph suggested I shoot a photo of my subject...looks kind of unprepossessing, doesn't it? You can see I edited quite a bit out! (Squished the big truck up a bit, too, so it would fit on my page...)