• A drawing of boxes and cyclinders tilted in space and occassionally intersecting or overlapping

    When in doubt: drawing drills

    Stayed home sick today with a migraine (well…stayed logged off… in this weird remote only world). I’m glad – I’m finally starting to feel better. Ice on neck + water + rest + hot shower + Excedrin = much happier Beth. Unfortunately not much in the way of art making earlier today. BUT! Drawing drills are super simple and weirdly soothing, so here ya go:

  • Pencils ontop of a sketchbook, with a razor and sandpaper to the right
    Drawing,  Life Musings,  Sketchbooks

    Sharpening Pencils

    I finally feel like I’m getting the hang of using a single-edge razor to sharpen pencils. They really do work so much better to have a variety of line, but I’m still fond of cheap mechanical pencils too – nostalgia is a strong force. And of course a consistent line weight has its advantages on occasion. I feel a little silly, showing fundamental drills/practice work like value bars, but honestly, even if they don’t look very special, putting the time in on simple exercises really does make a difference. I’m getting more confident with graphite, but dip pens are still rough. The ink feathers so much on most paper. It…