Two bicyclists

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Sometimes I put my all into a sketch and only get a mess; at other times I quickly jot my impressions and end up capturing a detail that seems right on. This sketch, while full of exaggeration, has such a detail. The green bicyclist is exerting pressure on her pedals with her legs and arms and this involves a twist to her head and torso that is characteristic of  a young cyclist riding a bike on a slight uphill slope. I used a water-soluble pencil to make lines of different weights, which is my deliberate practice goal, and to fill in the darks of the palm trees. I sketched in my mixed media sketchbook and used very wet washes to block in suggestions of background.

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