Simple and true, Ticonderoga (& starting a new series)

Assignment#4Artist 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.”

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About Beth Bourland

Artist Beth Bourland's sketch journal about observing, appreciating and responding to everyday moments.
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