At last I am back, pencils in hand, inspired and full of enthusiasm. Hope it lasts. This picture is from a photo I took on the Somerset Railway last year. If fact the driver was so much like my brother-in-law I have tweaked it slightly to give a closer resemblance. I am using black Stonehenge paper with Prismacolor and Caran d'Ache pencils. The finished picture will be A3 but most of the right hand will be black paper with a few gold lines. I am taking a risk here with composition as the driver will be looking out of the picture and the focal point to the extreme left but I can always crop it if it doesn't work.
Picture 1. I started with the sky as I knew this would be the biggest challenge. Could I get it smooth? Could I disguise the pencil marks with clouds NO WAY!! Three hours later, using every technique I could think of I gave up. The sky looks far more grainy for real than it does in the photo.