I was doing some cleanup around my home studio last week, and discovered a few humongous and largely blank newsprint and pastel paper pads I had forgotten about. I took the newsprint to this week’s figure drawing session. It was refreshing to change the scale of my drawings, since I typically work in a roughly 9″x7″ sketchbook (and fit multiple drawings to a page). It took some getting used to because my drawings filled my entire field of vision — I felt like I was having trouble seeing what I was doing, oddly enough.
I’ve also enjoyed drawing with some colored woodless pencils I picked up a few weeks ago. They have the ease of mark-making of conte or charcoal, but without the damn mess.