I decided to put the Moleskine Sketchbook to its intended use by using my drawing pencils for this letter. The pages are quite thick, so even when I drew with pressure, there was the paper stayed smooth and barely left an impression on the pages below. The smooth finish enabled me to create soft blends easily. I like the sooth pages for pencil, but for using charcoal, I think I would prefer a paper with more tooth, like the Moleskine Watercolor Notebook.
I approached the letter “E” a little differently than the previous letter. I wanted to create the letter from a negative space so I used a pattern in the background that was dark. When the illustration was complete, I closed the page and burnished the pattern onto the other side to create a pale mirror image. The dark, mirrored letter “E” was done last. To keep the drawing from smearing or transferring to opposite pages, I sprayed an acrylic fixative on both pages.