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Nice plein air sketch. What kind of ink do you have in the Pilot Metropolitan? I find it helps to bring along a water brush when I go out. Even if you are using permanent ink most of the time if you touch the water brush to the edge of the line right away you can get some bleeding and some shading. That is another option to have when you are out.
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Joan, thank you. For the plein air sketch I had the ink that the pen came with. Since then I've stopped using fountain pens (and returned Pilot Metropolitan for a refund).

In one of my sketches from December, I used Mars Lumograph graphite pencils. I remember liking the tonality of the sketch. It almost makes it tough to decide which I like using more. Yesterday I was able to scan some of my latest sketches. I'm hoping I'll be able to post them today.
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Here are two of my sketches from the past month. The first sketch is a sketch of one of the views of the Monterey Historic Park.


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Way to go on that ceiling/wall/corner. All those perspective lines can be so confusing!
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Nice ellipses and perspective on that ceiling.
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Lovely to see honest enthusiasm regarding the foundations. I can only encourage you to continue seeing shape. In the last sketch I see you introduce a shadow to the cup, but the shadow on the cup itself contradicts. I encourage you to keep going and consider light (and shadow) as a driving factor in how you perceive an object or scene. You are going down the right path with regards to that last cup sketch. Embrace that light and note how it informs the shape of the object. Draw what you see, not what your brain automatically fills in. With time you can change that so you can rely on your brain to do some of the work for you, but right now you need to stop and think. What do you actually see?

Hope this helps, and hope to see more sketches.
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Murin, thank you. I'm not sure if it's honest enthusiasm or the need to improve the basics before getting back to color.

Here a is a sketch of the rainbow I did in March:



This was done in my Stillman and Birn Alpha sketchbook using Caran D'ache Classicolor Watercolor pencils.

When I did this sketch, I was reminded how I miss color. I am wanting to get back to using color in my sketches, but I realize I need to master the foundations a bit more (to learn to really draw what I see and not what my brain tells me to draw), so sometimes it feels like I am forcing myself to continue using graphite pencils for now while I get better.
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you could put some washes over your graphite drawings?
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Sandra, you have wonderful economy of line. That's something I struggle with, but your beautifully clean lines are really something.

As your skill comes back to you it will be interesting to see where you go with that.

I remember the relief I felt on moving on after lots of monochromatic "line", in the first sketchbook I posted...didn't realize how much I missed it.

But it is was very valuable practice. If graphite is boring you you can always use a coloured version, though, or add wash, as vhere suggests.
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vhere and Triton, thank you both. vhere, I definitely could start putting a wash over the graphite, but I don't want to rush things.

I am seeing using graphite only as investment right now. Also, the two sketchbooks I am using right now are more suited to graphite and dry media. This gives me another incentive to stick with dry media - by the time I finish both sketchbooks (the Stillman and Birn Alpha is only about half full), I should have enough grasp on the foundations to move on to adding color. My thinking is that when I have good grasp on foundations and start using color, the fact that as a child I was trained in color and color theory will help me get back into it quicker.
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I know all about the dilemma between the heart yearning for colour and the brain saying "let's learn the basics a bit more so stick with graphite"
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