Using my own hand to try to get more practice, but used pastel pencils (which I am not used to using). Is there a sharpener I should know about to get these things sharp without breaking the "lead" every time?
This is a thin scrap piece of Canson Mi-Tientes paper in eggshell. Using the few colors I have of the pastel pencils - not very many colors, as you can see. And no, my hand is not that pink!
Then I got out my Exacompta sketchbook and did this while looking out the kitchen window. A male and female finch on the thistle feeder in graphite. They stayed there long enough for me to get a fairly good sketch of them...then when they flew off, I worked on the feeder.