It’s been a while since I’ve sketched with a pencil, I did some very early in my daily art project but then started inking over my drawings with pen and then progressed straight to pen drawings. I love the boldness of pen but decided to do some more pencil drawings to see how I felt about it.
A few tulips in my garden have just started to open and it was fun sketching them in pencil. I started out with very light lines making the basic shapes and then went progressively darker. I forgot how nice it is to have softer shadows.
In the evening I did this one of some spoons my husband carved a few years ago. The pencil works better for the texture of the wood than pen. The only things I didn’t enjoy was smudging the graphite with my hand. I worry that these probably won’t last long-term in the sketchbook.
Do you use pencils for sketching? Or are you devoted to ink?