Black and blue graphite blocks were used to heavily block in the general composition; random linear marks and a general indication of the horizon line were made with graphite sticks. Much—perhaps all—of this initial work will be covered by later working.
The diagonal linear marks are artifacts of the roller used to apply the first very watery gesso; this also causes the graphite to dissolve and run in some places.
Back to the black graphite to develop some foreground contrast and just a little detail on the far shore-line. In an expressive drawing such as this a little detail can go a long way. Very dilute gesso was applied with the roller allowing the black graphite marks to bleed; this greatly extends the tonal range of the graphite.
Artwork & all photos ©2017–2019J.D. Petty