So it has been a while since I posted a daily drawing. Like to think it's because I have been busy doing lots more drawings. Truth be told I have been busy with the minutiae of everyday life, chores, work etc. However, I took the time last evening to try out my brand new pencils. (On a completely different tangent but still on the subject of pencils I once worked with someone who knew someone called Adrian Pencil - we all thought it an odd name - not Adrian but Pencil, or maybe the two combined. I digress!) Anyhow while in Prague I came across the Koh-i-noor Hardtmuth shop, home to my favourite brand of pencils.
There now follows a brief history of pencils. Koh-i-noor is one of the world's largest producers and distributors of pencils, pens, and art supplies. The company was formed in Austria in 1790 by Joseph Hardtmuth and named after the famous Indian Koh-i-noor diamond. In 1802 they patented the first lead pencil made from clay and graphite and then in 1848 Joseph's sons Karl and Ludwig took over the family business, and the production was relocated to the Bohemian town of Budwis which is now part of the Czech Republic. I had no idea about this so imagine my surprise while walking round Prague to stumble across this veritable pencil and art supply heaven. I love their palette of watercolours which are highly pigmented giving really bold colours normally not associated with watercolour. Needless to say when in Prague.... and I treated myself to a stash of graphite pencils and sticks, watercolours, woodless water soluble pencils, automatic pencils - you name it and they were a fraction of the price I would have paid in the UK. Enough to keep me going for a few weeks at any rate.
Something new I did discover in the shop was this automatic pencil with multicoloured leads which were really soft and give a lovely effect when colouring. At the moment, as its Autumn there is an array of wonderful colours in the garden to replicate. I took this photo of a lonely leaf waiting to drop while walking down my road and thought it would be an ideal thing to draw.
I just really used the shape of the leaf, drawing in the veins and then colouring in with my new Koh-i-noor pencil, trying to get as much variagation with the colours as possible. It was just nice to do a bit of colouring and reminded me of the colouring books I had as a child when I tried my best not to go over the lines.