Today I want you to take some drawing paper, the bigger the size the better, and using a really broad drawing tool, I am using a graphite crayon 6B, they come in both water soluble and non water-soluble, for this exercise I am using the non water soluble. I use the soluble type when the black from the graphite will be an important part of the wash.
Think of a landscape and begin boldly with a big hard line across the paper and really try to feel the subject matter. I am drawing the rocks along the coast in Maine specifically an area south of Rockland call “Birch Tree State Park”. I work the really big shapes first and then begin to find the smaller more intimate shapes. I highlight and strengthen the lines and edges really getting the feeling for the rock hardness and round water eroded edges. I put in some accent darks to make the drawing more interesting and grade the values on some of the other areas. I am not looking to make an exact drawing just an expressive memory drawing and one that I can work from later. I spent about 15 minutes on each one. The size of the paper is 22 x 30 and is rough surface, I would recommend a more smooth surface but it was what I used. Give it a go it will help your use of line and your use of your brain not your interpretation of a photograph
22 x 30 graphite on rough paper
22 x 30 drawing