It’s “show-and-tell” time again! (Even though my to-do list is long, and I really shouldn’t, I can’t resist showing you these recent characters from my sketchbook.)

They are made with PanPastel Artist Pastels, ballpoint pen, and eraser (the eraser is very important!).

All three birds started from random applications of the pastels, and then I would smoosh the pigment around with the eraser until something presented itself.

But the dog — heh heh — started as a quick sketch of a blob of tar on the sidewalk while walking with my family… I think I even missed a green light because of it! (But it was worth it, don’t you think?)