I truly believe that the best art comes from your heart, and dogs & nature are the subjects that are nearest to my heart. These are both new works of art, both incorporating new-to-me techniques that I am experimenting with.
graphite and charcoal
A friend of mine love to draw Zentangles, and she draws them in black marker, then shades them with graphite. While I am not a fan of Zentangles, I did like the idea of using graphite as shading with another medium. So, I played with a charcoal sketch, using both black and white charcoal pencils, and then adding graphite for gray shading. I need a bit more refinement with this technique, but I love the possibilities.
Zorinsky was inspired by an etching that I bought recently. I don't have access to etching materials, but I loved the look of the print. I am experimenting with using my own photographs and scratching into them, much like you do on scratchboard. This is my first attempt, and I am very pleased with the results.