I feel a little meh about today’s study. My goal was to capture values in a loose way. This sketchbook is the Canson XL Mix Media and I’ve had better luck laying down a stroke of color and not working over it. I think I did ok with that effort but I wasn’t really happy with the way the actual strokes look. That’ll take more practice. There are some dappled areas that I like quite a bit.
I also don’t love the ochre watercolor pencil for the sketch. I’d like to try my new Stabilo Graphite All Pencil so the lines are neutral-toned.
A lot of my challenge comes down to having expectations that this particular paper can’t live up to. I know this sketchbook has a lot of virtues but it can’t be my single paper solution (wouldn’t that be awesome to find?!). So I can’t expect watercolor-paper results on it.