“Draw from life.” It’s advice I hear all the time, from the web, from books, from friends.
There is something different about seeing a real three-dimensional thing in front of you. Compared to a photograph, there is so much more information to draw from. In many ways, this makes it easier to pull out what you need for the picture. In other ways, you have more work to do: What do you do with that bright highlight when all you’ve got to represent it is the dull white of the paper you’re drawing on?
Playing here with some grey wash watercolour pencils, softened with a waterbrush and a touch of fountain pen black ink.