We had an UrbanSippers meetup at the Parallel49 Brewery today. Well, actually first we sketched some things, but conveniently in Vancouver's new micro-brewery district. And as a result, I benefited from the one truly important lesson I've learned about sketching on location. First, the location - I drew at the corner of Victoria and Triumph streets. With those names, you would expect brass bands, military parades, arches commemorating the glory of the empire...but instead there is a fairly nondescript building with grain elevators in the background, and a cheerful row house on the other corner - the sort of place where people have large red armchairs filling their front porches. Also a number of very hip people and very hip bicycles.
Now the truly important lesson - always put your sketchbooks in zip-lock bags! That way when you're riding home with a large bottle of micro-brewery IPA and it explodes in your pannier, no damage is done. Fortunately, I learned the lesson last year with a minor water bottle spill, so all was well today, except the slight loss of beer.