Norway in pencil
I discovered that sketching of landscape and rustic life is great for a number of reasons and they don’t just apply to pencil and paper sketching. Despite being a very demanding activity, sketching perfectly trains your eye focus either on tiny details or general composition. It helps me master a well-considered approach to scaling, too. Anyway, the numerous benefits of this hobby are incredible for photographers particularly those waiting for golden hours photoshoot in the tent or car.
As for my sketching tools, I learnt to use a sketching pencil with the hardness of HB. Sometimes softer type B ones. Too soft pencils are possible to make pictures too blurry. For erasing I use a soft vinyl eraser to create highlights on the dark areas. It also helps to control clarity of details. Occasionally, I grab a drawing pencil whenever I plan to reinforce the lines. Sketchbooks and blocks of papers for sketching are the core. I always choose a bit beige colour paper in old styles.
Realistic harvesting scenes are one of my favorite ones. I find old photographs from Romsdalen the most powerful and inspiring at this point. I’m currently practicing drawing grass and hay as drawing the boundary between highlights and shadows in long tiny leaves is a very time consuming and difficult skill.
The whole collection of my sketches will be available on my second facebook funpage soon. All rustic scenes I inspired with are things I saw and desired to be part of…