I recorded this little snippet of my first sketch as I started it. But my phone, balanced on my coffee cup, and hovering over my sketch became too much of a distraction. So I took it away. But you can see how I build it up, going back and forth between drawing in different media, and adding tone with pencil or by smudging the ink lines while they’re wet. When I am not pressed for time, I like working like this, back and forth, one little bit at a time, building the sketch up from my focal point to all the stuff I want to add to support my story. It gives me time to think, along the way of what to add, and what to leave out.
Lots of different supplies (seen in this photo), and a bunch of smudging, scraping, and general mushing around went into this leisurely sketch. I love seeing parking lots turn into meeting places like this. We have too any parking lots and not enough public places to sit and chat.
I did a second two-minute, almost-continuous-line version sketch after this first one, with just the two ladies in the foreground.
I often do this super-quick second take. Sometimes it’s because I now see more clearly what I wanted to capture in a sketch. At other times it is just for the joy of letting my pen (or pencil) fly with a subject I am now more familiar with. Take 2 is not always a better sketch, but it is often a really fun sketching experience.