First off, thanks so much for the congrats!!
So this is what I worked on this week. An 11 x 14" still-life on Pastelbord.
If the galleries (and art patrons) didn't prefer works that are not under glass, I would love to switch to Fisher 400 for everything. I can just picture how this would have turned out on the paper instead, sigh. I am pretty happy with this nonetheless. Everything was difficult to render in it: lemons (so hard!), stainless steel, glass of water, and finally granite! What was I thinking!? Although I have to admit to some masochistic tendencies, because I really enjoy pushing myself through these hard to render subjects.
While working on it I started thinking about making a list of "must have supplies" that can make your mood when working on a project. Of course, knowing me, this list will be ever changing.
Black Coloursoft pencil by Derwent- its creamy and not dry like most black colored pencils. I can put a plain black background in without having to work hard at it or get out solvents etc.
White Luminance pencil by Caran D'Ache - it is just simply amazingly white and can go right on top of loads of layers of any colored pencil, and still be bright. I need to get loads of these.
Colourless Blender by Prismacolor - I use it to seal the pencil before varnishing and its great for blending things in the background and blurring soft edges.
That's it for now - when I find more must-haves, I'll let you know!