This is one of my favorite sketches of Dick. Nideggen is a great paper, and not just for ink, it works well with dry media like a color pencil as well. In fact, if you want to go really crazy on this toned surface with a full range of color pencils you will not be disappointed.
I took a pause from pen, brush pen, and watercolor (transparent and gouache) and picked up a Dark Grape Prismacolor the other evening. I found that the pencil helped me discover a little bit more about those mystifying eyebrows.
While I love the excitement the bold brush pen lines leave on the page, staring me in the face, accurate or not, I equally enjoy working in color pencil. Sketching with the pencil gives me a sense of leisure. I still sketch just as fast, but there are quick, light, applications that happen when you work in pencil that are fun to savor, and not present when working in ink. Yes you can get delicacy with pen, especially with dip pen, but the delicacy that the color pencil generates seems more restful to me.
Of course after this too brief sojourn in the land of pencil I returned to the brush pen, but I’m glad I had this short chat with that Dark Purple Grape pencil. And I’m glad Dick was happy to stay up a little past his bedtime and pose.
If you’re fortunate to have family around you at this time of year, take advantage of the situation—a living room full of models. Sketch away!