Another image from my Drawing I class, drawn on 18" x 24" paper. The Sharpies we used here fall more in my comfort zone than do charcoal or pencil. With a Sharpie (though I like Zig markers, which don't stink), a mark is a mark is a mark. It's not a shadow or a hint of a mark or a slightly darker tone, it's a mark. Never mind that we used marks to put in the shadows 🙂 and never mind that when you make a mark it's simply there and there's nothing you can do about it from then on. I was still more comfortable making this drawing than making any others we've done so far in class.
(In case you wonder about my contours on the swan, know that the swan is made of plywood, with a Styrofoam half-oval for a wing.)