I’ve pulled these books from my library and they now rest on the table next to my reading/TV chair. The Guptill and Harding books are still the best in my opinion but I like all of these books. Harding has a great book on drawing trees too but I don’t have that one.
So here I am, pencil in hand, drawing stuff. While it feels like a new road for me, I have done some pencil drawing in museums during winter, because many museums don’t like the idea of watercolors being sloshed about near the exhibits. This is when I work with watercolor pencils too, using a water brush. That was back in 2013-2014 though, and mostly I was still trying to figure out how to deal with basic proportions. Light and shade was mostly foreign to me.
I was walking the other day and found some mushrooms on their last legs I did some tiny sketches of them. It was hard because they were old and falling apart. Somehow I related to them (grin). Anyways, the highlight was that I found some milkweed pods and I brought some home with me. This was done in my S&B Epsilon 9×12 sketchbook.
Drawing this was… well… peaceful. I’ve mentioned that I draw slowly regardless of medium. That’s how this kind of drawing is done. Pencil books don’t spend time telling you to draw quickly (grin). The time flew by, however, and I felt refreshed at the end. On to the next page. I hope you find my stumbling around with new media at least casually interesting and that you’ll laugh along with me.