The above charcoal and chalk drawings are all around A4ish in size on white pastel paper that I had lurking in a drawer. My aim was to concentrate on mark making and as you can see I was still relying on blended graduations a lot. The top left is an idea that I've been playing with lately, depicting clouds in wet sand at the waters edge with the pebbles and their reflections that the sea has thrown up. The third one down where I've tried to show a heavy rain was probably the one that I enjoyed doing the most and from a mark making perspective is the most successful.
I found it very liberating not thinking at all about colour and now want to try some larger scale studies. This time around though I want to rely less on graduations, it's a hard habit to break and although it is part of my 'handwriting' I think it would be good to stretch myself more. How do you stretch yourself and push your work forward?