I’ve been drowning in career research and job applications recently so I’m not challenging myself in my art (read: I’m not painting). Here are two pencil pieces: the first is a copy study of Michelangelo’s Lybian Sibyl from the Sistine Chapel. I usually invest a long time doing the outline and trying to nail the proportions, but the toning and shading is smooth sailing :). I’ll probably finish this piece in the next few days if I stick to it, and you’ll see the finished product here within the week, in higher definition than here shown. The second drawing is a 1-hour sketch of a rolled duvet. I enjoy drawing drapery – my pencil style really lends itself to the angular folds of the fabric.
Reflection: I used to think fine-liner was my favourite medium, but now I think it’s pencil. I don’t like how a fine-liner gives a very uniform line and doesn’t respond to the pressure of the hand in the way that a pencil or even a biro does (biro is a nice sweet-spot between pencil and fine-liner because the line has a lovely inky swell when you push into the page).