I read a post on Urban Sketchers on Friday night that got me inspired, sort of.

Do you have any advice for new sketchers?

“Draw freely with a soft pencil!”

It was truly a whimsical idea and not very well thought-out. So I went to my local art store on Saturday and invested in a couple of really soft pencils. When it came time to use them—in smothering heat and sunshine with my kids sitting on me—it was all I could do to loosely sketch the scene.

But then, that’s kinda the idea, isn’t it? The page pretty much captures what it looked like. That’s success. And I don’t know if I would’ve been as loose if I was using a pen. So will I use the pencil more? Yeah, probably for outdoor scenes. One more tool in the arsenal.



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