My favourite drawing pencil is still my 'work' pencil, a Rotring pencil with a 0.7 mm lead. I did not buy this pencil, it was a freebie from somewhere. It has Kingspan printed on the side. Kingspan make insulation materials and I think I might have picked it up at Ecobuild. (There's an example of the day job impacting on my 'dark' side.)
I am finding that the easiest thing to look at and draw are other peoples drawings. So I am using the internet to find pictures that I then draw. Ok, so that's not so pure, but actually doing something seems more important than where I a source the inspiration.
Mostly I am sketching tea or coffee pots, but I follow the blog by Clive Hicks - Jenkins ( without doubt one of my favourite artists, discovered through Steph and Chloe Redfern). And Clive posted this lovely, lovely sketch on his blog.
I just love this. Clive said that early on his career he drew a lot of Staffordshire characters like this. Well I don't have any Staffordshire pottery characters like this, but I do have the internet. It will have to do.
So, here's the original - a photo of 'The Kiling of Munrow'. I have no idea who Munrow was, but I guess he met a sticky end.
Go and visit Clive's Blog http://clivehicksjenkins.wordpress.com/2014/10/11/gold-and-death/