I wanted to go a bit lighter this week so I left the drawing board, larger paper and all of the pastels and chunky charcoals at home. All I took to the drawing session was a 9″ x 12″ hardcover sketchbook, a few pencils (which I didn’t end up using) and a few pens. As it turned out, the only pen I used was my reliable generic ballpoint. I seem to feel most comfortable using that when I want to concentrate on drawing the whole figure and trying to capture the gesture of the pose. When time allowed, I used a hatch-darkened background to bring out the figure. It’s good to be able to switch between mediums and use the techniques that they require. Normally, when I use pastels and larger (18″ x 24″) paper, I draw standing at an easel. With the lighter setup (pen and sketchbook) I could move around the model and choose the angle of the pose that looks most interesting to me. That is one of the benefits of going lighter (although I still end up standing the whole time; it provides a better viewpoint for drawing).