I just realized how close we are to the end of the year. I was looking back at the drawings I made this year and came across this sketch I did back in January. I posted it on Flickr but never posted it here. I wonder why, since I like this sketch quite a bit.
When I first finished it, I was just pleased that I had managed to make the hand look plausible. But over time, I really came to enjoy the expression that emerged here. I think it’s a little more wistful than the reference I used.
This is 8″x8″ and sketched with an Ebony pencil. I think these are the best overall sketch pencils if you want to draw loose and let yourself go. It’s a nice fat pencil that feels good in your hand. You can get a good range of tone with just the one pencil. I used to buy them by the handfuls.