That's an excellent idea, drawing from nature is how I learned. If you take the time to do the studies you'll do very well. I'd recommend any drawing or watercolor book by Ted Kautzky. He had wondrous technique.
I'll check him out, thanks for the tip! (Perhaps I can get it on inter-library loan.) I never want to be the person who says "Man I wish I could draw like you," etc., then just give up and never try to achieve such things. I've had people do that with me before and it's always distressing because I am not that good myself.
Anyway, I loved your gallery and look forward to seeing more art from you when you update next! ~Off to finish a drawing assignment for class tomorrow...~
I thought you sounded like my kind of person; tenacious! Ted's books are out of print but you can find them in libraries and used book stores. You might try a web search to see his work. I think you would like 'the Ted Kautzky pencil book'. Thank you again for your very kind compliments on my work.
I'm loving the shadow and light details in your pencil work. Do you manage to leave the highlights from the beginning or do you go in later with an eraser to clean up? For example the highlights on the small tree-trunk on the right...
Thank you for your interest in the technique. Although I will use erasers and white if need be, (they are tools after all) I didn't use them in this sketch. To keep my work clean I use a folded piece of bond paper under my drawing hand. You lift the paper then carefully place it when moving to another area. This keeps the work very clean without any smudging. My pencil work is pretty straight forward. I tend to start with very light sketchy lines using an HB or 2B pencil then build up from there. The initial line work is obscured by the later drawing. The darkest marks are made with 6-9B leads. I render from light to dark leaving the light areas alone.