It’s been a while since I sketched, both in real life and certainly on this site. I’d like to change that, and whenever I finish a page — I’d like to do one every day or so — I’ll post it here.
In the past few months I’ve been trying out a blue pencil for the first time, and I love it so far. The rationale is that drawing in blue helps later on to separate the black inks drawn over them for easy clean-up. But even just at the sketch stage it’s nice to have this kind of separation (even though I didn’t ink this page). I’m using a 0.7 mechanical pencil lead which I picked up in blue (and orange of all things). I use mechanical pencils anyway for most sketches, and there’s been little to no learning curve to using them.
Here’s some detailed views of the page. I drew all of these from references, with one being a caricature (of Casino Royale actor Mads Mikkelsen), and others are from random pictures in my ‘stuff to draw for practice’ computer folder.
Lastly, here’s a version of the page adjusted in GIMP to look black and white. I’m probably going to switch back to regular pencils, at least for reference based sketches like these since I don’t think I’d like to ink them.