Re: Newtown Creek, NYC
Good to see you over here Marc. Colored Pencil definitely teaches patience and how to improve pressure control. It will translate very well into your brush control in other mediums as well.
Paper or other surface choice makes a big difference into the kind of result one gets and even the approach. As an example, I work on paper sometimes, but often Ampersand Pastelbord as one of my surfaces of choice (or a prepared hardboard with my own priming). With my surface, it eats the pencils, so I don't sharpen at all, just rotate my pencil to an edge when I need to do details.