While reflecting on my progress for 2009, and setting art goals for 2010, I re-energized and finally worked through my block in the Dodson Keys to Drawing book. More specifically, I was stuck at Exercises 2D and 2F - making a tonal value strip and then using it to reproduce a black and white photo from the book. I know that I should make quick value sketches, but never do. And almost everything I draw or paint could be improved to increasing the darks and lightening the lights. I also really don't enjoy working with pencils (except watercolor pencils) for a finished drawing.
But I was motivated to get over my block and move on, because I really, really do want to work on the other chapters of this book. I did all of the other Dodson exercises in my daily sketchbook, but probably should have done this exercise on smooth drawing paper. Oh well! It's done, as is Exercise 2F and more experimentation with all of my pens and inks doing the same head over and over, and all of my pencils using the same figure over and over. These changes didn't change my preferences - and I discovered that I CAN'T draw with a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and I still hate charcoal and Conte pencils because of the scratchiness!!