I've been sketching a lot recently with graphite/watercolor and I have to say that I'm having a great time. I'm not overly concerned with technique-- my goal now is to study and analyze the world through sketches. It's great to be able to draw anything, from dinosaurs to flowers and anything in between. I just want to learn as much as I can and try and draw it.
The other thing is that I feel like my work is beginning to feel more like my own now. As opposed to my own interpretation of another's style, I feel like even these little sketches have my own touch. I can also use all these studies in my upcoming dog paintings.