I've upgraded to Caran d'Ache Pablo pencil colors since undergrad- they're clay based, not waxed based, and melt slightly when water is applied to them (really useful for watercolor).
I set up my Christmas tree yesterday, and thought a white Christmas tree on black paper might be easy enough to sketch with little underdrawing.
So I started with a very loose sketch, and began filling out the branches.
Next came the star. It's a tinsel light up star in turquoise.
It has silvery tinsel on the outside. After the star, I started sketching in the ornaments. I sorta lamented how sparsely I decorated the three this year, since there wasn't a lot of variety in my ornaments.
Noodling with pencil colors was a lot of fun, and the darkness of the paper really makes the pigments pop.
In case I forget to tell you guys, I hope you all enjoy your wintery holidays!