My problem has been finding the right medium to use for drawing.
I favour drawing tonally, rather than linearly.
conté and graphite, but the problem with these is that they smudge pretty quickly, unless they are fixed. I suppose I could apply a fixative back at home base. I could even use skim milk for this purpose, like the artists of earlier times:
from The Painter's Pocketbook of Methods and Materials by Hilaire Hiler (1945)
I will also happily use ink which is permanent and non-smudging.While you can draw tonally with ink using hatching for shading, I prefer to use ink in a more painterly way.
I'm just too impatient to knuckle under the discipline of hatching and inherently messy. I'm also pretty clumsy and an open bottle of ink is just too risky for sketching on the go.
I tried oil crayons and simply just didn't like them.
I tried watercolour pencils, and these were pleasant to use. I liked using water to soften out some of the tones.
But, it was somewhat difficult to get a good range of tones, particularly the darkest darks.
Finally, I tried using coloured pencils. Bingo! Non-smudging, clean, nice range of tones, able to flip between line and tone.
|sketch using Indigo Derwent Coloured pencil|
I hope there may be one or two things in this post that you might be able to use.