Artist pencils come in all varieties, but my go-to is the good ol’ #2HB Dixon Ticonderoga, still available in any drugstore (and depicted in my sketchbook cover illustration, at left). In “Dandelion Wine” by Ray Bradbury, 12-year-old Douglas embarks on his summer by starting a journal in a yellow nickel tablet, using “the yellow Ticonderoga pencil, whose name he dearly loved…” The book tells of a vintage summer “of green apple trees, mowed lawns and new sneakers…a magical summer in the life of a 12-year-old boy.” A great book.
My illustration here fulfills a project from “One Drawing a Day” by Veronica Lawlor (and other illustrators of Studio 1482). This is for Project #4: Things around the house. I’ve completed many of the projects suggested in “One Drawing A Day” & will be posting them, in no particular order, under the new category “One Drawing a Day.”