Most accomplished artists looking at this photo of what I sketched tonight will probably shudder at its clumsiness but it is all a part of learning, as they know all too well. Learning how to hold the pencil loosely in the hand in a position different from the normal writing position, feels awkward and clumsy. I have faith though that in time I will become more adept using the pencil in this position.
I am back on my soap box about my feeling of inepitude when it comes to drawing and sketching which inhibits me from starting a new painting. The only way I know to get past that is to practice (which I haven't been doing much of lately.) Perhaps other artists will see work like this as encouragement to continue no matter how awkward and clumsy the drawings/sketches are in the beginning, because with practice it has to get better. At least I hope that is the case.
The skeletal gestural figures at the top and the sketches of the bones are from a .pdf book, "Drawing and Anatomy" by Victor Perard. The hand sketch is of my hand while sketching to show how the pencil was held. Perhaps the hand sketch will also qualify as part of weekly sketches I am involved in with three other artists, online.
On another note, there is a Wet Canvas Figure Drawing workshop that has been started in the Figure Forum. I am following it with much interest. The first lesson is on drawing/sketching materials. There are so many artists in the forum whose work I admire. Watching the artists learn as they post their work and see the progress they have made is encouraging and to be applauded.