While I was sketching, the owner of the garden centre came out to see what I was doing and I sold my first ever picture! well maybe 'sold' is a bit strong. He asked me to draw his favourite olive tree for me and in return kept me supplied with bottles of water and espresso. He seemed quite pleased with the result. After the owner I had a steady stream of garden centre employees coming out to see what I was doing but I continued to draw. This was a major step forward for me as a few weeks ago I would have made an excuse to pack up and leave as soon as anyone showed interest in my drawings.
In the A4 sized sketches I have used drawing pen and worked into this with graphite and also with charcoal which I have moved around with a bit of water.
The instructions for the larger A3 piece the instructions were to use a fine drawing medium so I ditched the additional charcoal and thickly shaded graphite and stuck to the fine drawing pen. I also tried to show the overall shape of the tree by including the foliage. To my eyes, this seems to have been a retrograde step. The sketches where I concentrated on the trunk as well as using more than one medium are more expressive and I think actually capture better what makes the real character of the olive tree.