Well, yes, I do have a few pages left in the old sketchbook, but not many. My new sketchbook is a coptic bound book covered with chiyogami paper. The pages are Stonehenge paper, so it's lovely to draw on. In my quest to make my sketchbook more interesting, I have prepped the paper on a lot of the pages. The second page spread has been prepped with Matisse Transparent Gesso. It gives a wonderful grainy surface that you can really dig into. I used the Conte Crayons again, and it is a very different look from the one on the Canson paper. The opposing page will have the pomegranates again when I cut them open.You can buy Matisse products in the USA through Jerry's Art-a-rama.
The last drawing is with Prismacolour pencils. Unfortunately
one of the reds is one that keeps breaking. Maybe I will have better luck when I replace it. They certainly do give a wonderful 'hand of the artist' look. Then, if you don't want that - I've seen amazing hyperrealism done with them.
I got some amazing little rubbers (oh, should I have said erasers?)that are about the size and shape of a guitar pick. I've been using them for pulling out highlights. The pomegranates are quite square, and the highlights sometimes go along the edges of the square, so they're perfect for that.