Last week, I had the best luck with drawing that I’ve had in a long time. I considered the awkward sketches a breakthrough. Lisa was supportive (luckily for me since she was the unwitting model). I used a photo of her that I keep on my desk as the source material. Her one complaint was her ponytail. Why hadn’t I chosen a shot of her with her long, dark hair down? So, here’s my attempt to make amends. My control is still impaired. I find that if I get the pencil moving in one direction, though, I can repeat the motion pretty fluidly. Hence the crosshatching. It’s a good way to shade with short bursts of parallel lines. Having a subject that I don’t get tired of portraying helps, too.