I wasn’t sure what I was going to draw tonight, so I sat at our kitchen bar and drew our basket of fruit.
The paper of this sketchbook is a water color paper so it doesn’t really work well for graphite trying to render a smooth tone, as you can see in the dark patch on the left. I should have realized this and busted out the watercolor and put a nice black back there, but I was being lazy.
I beginning to understand the important of texture in drawings. I used a tortillion to smudge out the graphite on the apples and it began to give them a very smooth and polished look, like apples should have. I also kept my pencil strokes for the basket very loose and linear to depict the fibers of the wood. At some point I need to really sit down and do a very long term drawing so I can deal with all the textural possibilities.