Added 1 new A* page:I thought I'd get my schedule back on track by doing just one page today, but of course now I'm going overboard on this whole filling-things-in business. I did speed things up a little by using one of the Cretacolor Monolith Woodless Pencils I got a while back for most of the filling--the 4B grade of that makes marks pretty darn similar to the Tombow Mono 4B pencils I use for drawing, but since it's a solid stick as wide as a regular pencil, the drawing tip can get pretty wide; this one isn't worn down enough to be huge yet, but it's getting there.|
I also stopped by the local tiny art supply store on my way to the supermarket and found they have a surprisingly large stock of black pencil-like things--and the nice thing about pencils is that they don't get very expensive, even in small sorta overpriced local stores; and heck they even had those big thick Lyra Graphite Crayon things for half price for some reason, although not in 4B...but the 2B and 6B are virtually indistinguishable anyway, so that probably doesn't matter.
I'll have a photo write-up of the various marks these various things I picked up made soon, I hope--but it's looking like the thing I'll be using for filling in large areas will either be Cretacolor Monoliths (7 mm wide), or their slightly thinner 5.6 mm leads, which I won't have until some time next week. The Monoliths flake slightly as their point gets ground down, which is a little messy, so if the 5.6 mm's are cleaner I might be tempted to go with those instead.