I recently bought a little notepad from a newsagents – basically, don’t let me anywhere near a stationery store without supervision because I will buy something I probably don’t need. It was meant to be a little shopping list notepad but I found that I love the feel of the pencils on the smooth paper. For a cheap little book it has surprisingly good quality paper, and a lot of it. Here’s some of the results of recent little pencil sketches on that paper. I wasn’t trying too hard to follow any rules. I was just enjoying the texture of the pencils (Derwent Artists and Faber-Castell Classics) on the paper. I wasn’t following a particular theme, either, though some of these came about while I was reading a photographic book about the history of the domestication of farm livestock.

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