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Difficult leaves

I find leaves like this really hard to draw—in particular, the veins and the subtle value shifts across the leaf. This was meant to look like the front of the leaf, but it looks more like the back.

Also capturing the form of the leaf. I’m never quite sure which way to make my marks to capture that, so my shading becomes quite chaotic. I probably need to study hatching/cross hatching. The soft pencil I used (6B) probably didn’t help either.

Any tips greatly appreciated!

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Lamp practice

I did this sketch in preparation for a painting I’m going to do. (I wanted to practise drawing the lamp.) This is my reference photo.

I used a Tombow Mono 6B to do the sketch. Beautiful pencil—both to use, and how it looks. Pretty reasonably priced for the quality too.

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Imagined landscape

Drawing’s really fun when you loosen up and let go. A bit like faith, I guess.

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A coupla sketches

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Playing with watercolour pencils

Watercolour pencil

My youngest daughter bought some Staedtler Noris aquarell watercolour pencils with some money she’d got for her birthday. She let me have a play with them, and the above was the result. I really enjoyed using them. They are quite nicely pigmented, and they produce some surprising effects when you dip them in water or brush over your marks with water.