Sketchbook Pages

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These are some new pages from my Sketchbook Project sketchbook. I had a little of a break from working in it but I’m back on track now, slowly filling up the pages. I’ve been enjoying playing around with just graphite in my sketching, working purely in tone rather than with colour. Light and Shadows are my current fixation, I’m in love with the patterns and drama they create and I want to incorporate this more in my work.

These are all on Arches hotpress watercolour paper with my 0.5mm Uni Kuru Toga mechanical pencil and F grade lead. I tend to swap my leads around in my travel set depending on what mood I’m in, the F has been nice on the go as it doesn’t smudge much and I can still get a decent range of tones with it. Do you have a favorite lead grade?