The group of artists seemed more chatty and distracted than usual. It was the second to last session before the drawing group breaks for summer so maybe everyone wanted to get in some social time. We were comparing graphite drawing tools and Sally asked if I had ever used powdered graphite with rolled up felt; I hadn’t so she handed me some. It allows you to cover large areas quickly and it is easy to make smooth tonal gradations. It felt best to dip into just a little graphite and start very lightly, gradually building up value. I used a thick woodless pencil to add some lines and worked a lot with my eraser.