Something from yesterday. Non-photo blue pencil is a lovely way to begin a sketch: I see now why so many people swear by them.

This is from a 9×12 ecru sketchbook with cold press paper, which provides some tooth. The initial figure pose was roughed out in blue pencil, which helped me “discover” where the pose should be. Then the darker lines went on top, finalizing “suggestions” made in blue. Darker lines are in my trusty Micron .5 HB lead technical pencil.

I found myself paying particular attention to how her gear wraps around her body, and focused a lot on edges of things. Edges are crucial, and I don’t think that’s stressed enough in art instruction. Where one thing meets another really defines the material and structure of the objects, establishes overlap and lighting direction, and describes form.

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