I walk a lot and most of my sketching takes place during those walks. I listen to podcasts while walking, lots of podcasts. I follow pencil podcasts, pen podcasts, news podcasts, science podcasts, and even a fishing podcast.
I suspect I’m not alone in “needing” headphones, earbuds, or whatever you want to call them as a part of my sketching gear, though nobody really talks about them, and I’ve become a devotee of wireless headphones for sketching. Not having a cord connecting my phone and ears is really nice. I don’t think I could go back using wired earbuds.
I’m writing about mine because the Aukey company, who make a range of headphones and other audio electronics has just gone above and beyond and I want to acknowledge them.
I mentioned that I lost a set of headphones during my run in (almost literally) with the Chateau Frontenac (Sketching Is Dangerous – Expensive Too!) and so I ordered my fourth set of these headphones to replace them.
One set, though, will not take a charge, so I decided to write to the company to see if they could give me insight into what I might do to fix them. I got an almost immediate reply and with it an offer to replace them. I couldn’t believe it but I am most grateful that there are companies like this still in existence.
Good company! I’ll check them out when I need a replacement. I, too, use wireless headphones. I, too, listen to a lot of podcasts. I don’t wear them while sketching, though, as I’m willing to talk to passersby. But I take the light rail and/or bus to many sketch outings and I listen then… too bumpy to read or even sketch.
I don’t wear mine while sketching either, and for the same reason, Kate. The interaction with people on the street is always fun. I remember being scared to death of it but I’ve come to believe that it’s self-filtering. All the people who look at what I do and say “Yuck…he’s wasting his time…no talent idiot” just walk on by. It’s only the people who like what I’m doing that actually say anything 🙂