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14" Strut; 10"XT; 102ES; 22 in Process; 3.5,5,7,10,14,20mm Pentax XW; 17.3 & 12mm Delos; 27mm Panoptic; 20&24mm ES 68; 24mm ES 82; 30mm ES 82; 6&10mm BCO;
Mark Seibold, Artist-Photographer-University Instructor-Lecturer, Record holder for most sketch awards and un-broken record over the astro-photographers for over five years
Quote:You don't need much to get started. Conte pastel pencils are not expensive and a nice choice for the learning curve. I started out with white and black ones, a few blending stumps, a piece of natural sponge, a gentle eraser, and the heaviest weight black paper (pastel) I could find. There are now many choices for paper to choose from. Experiment with different black papers til you find the one that pleases you most.
And remember to *be kind* to yourself; the point of a drawing is not to make great art but to record an observation and more importantly, train your brain. There is no such thing as a "wasted" sketch. There will be sighs, growls and the ocassional four-letter word, even a crumble and toss or two, but soon you will be seeing so much more, you'll be amazed (and impressed)with your ability.
And it's gonna be *fun*.