This week my weapons of choice were primarily these woodless colored pencils by Koh-I-Noor called Progresso's. I also use Cretacolor Nero leads (not the pencil). I sharpen them to a long point just like a charcoal pencil, but they glide better than traditional charcoals.
These first drawings were 3 minutes each. I didn't plan on getting so tonal so quickly but it just happened to work out that way.
This 10-minute drawing looks a lot more like my 20-minute drawing.
What I realized was that I am really sharpening my shorthand for the time I am allowed. Even the model commented on this.
When everything is going right, I can get a lot in because I get the little shapes right on the first pass. I don't have to slow down as much because I put down the right info in less strokes.
I find when things start to feel too effortless, I have to switch it up to feel like I'm not cheating anymore. Weird, I know.
I think next week I'm gonna use a lot of vine charcoal. I'm feeling a very tonal mood coming along...
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