Drawing quickly with blacklead pencils is quite a challenge. The darker the pencil, the greater the chance of smudging. Darker pencils such as the 6B and EE cover very quickly and are ideal for sketching. The softer the paper, the easier it is to apply these pencils. Be careful though not to lean or touch your drawing’s surface as it will easily smudge.
Being right-handed I work from left to right. I cover what I have drawn with a piece of cartridge paper. Don’t use smooth paper as it may slip if you rest your arm on it.
Use a soft eraser for unwanted lines. Hard erasers can cause smudging.
Today’s drawing is of a fern glade near Burnie, in North West Tasmania. As you can see, this was drawn quite quickly on heavyweight, rough watercolour paper.