Tried playing around with an HB to start with. Sharpened with a standard sharpener first (like I’ve done in past), then tried out sharpening with a blade and exposing more graphite (2nd two pages). I felt like I had more control transitioning from thin to fat lines, and the graphite was sturdier than I expected. I forgot to get sandpaper though, so I found it a little uneven. But it felt good to draw with!
Ok ok, I've been having a bit of a crack at the 30s and 2m gestures for a little bit now, and think I could use some feedback (2 pages of 30s, 2pages of 2min). I'm pretty new to drawing overall, so my line-work's definitely still iffy. I also don't think I've got great intuition yet for human proportion and stuffs, which I think is coming across. For some more particular things I'm struggling with at the moment; the connection between the hips and outer-thighs is something I don't really understand. Unless there's already a strong curve in the figure, I keep just getting an undefined bulge around there which doesn't really help the form or the gesture. Kind-of losing the butt as well as the flow. I'm also still a bit confused about when to simplify the contours vs. drawing through the figure. I know Stan says not to draw the contours, but I feel like most of his gesture lines are still drawn *along* the existing contours (but simplified to just grab the action). This point hasn't fully clicked for me yet. If anyone has any tips for me, or criticisms or anything, I'd really appreciate it!