I experimented this morning drawing circles with a small selection of graphite pencils, thick and thin. The idea was to go simple and minimalist and to work again on just how pale and soft I could go and still maintain some impact. All this was in contrast with the crisp black and white photos I've been working on a lot recently.
Near circles over one another: on top, drawn with the fine point of a graphite pencil, and underneath, with the angled end of a thicker graphite stick.
A series of circles on top of one another using the fine pointed stick, the base of a chubby graphite stick flat on the paper and underneath it all, graphite pencil shavings spread wide and soft with a finger
Simple circle made with the base of the chubby graphite stick
Graphite pencil shavings drawn with a slightly damp finger
Next, I may print out one or two of these onto thick drawing paper or fabric to see what stitching I'm moved to do.