This still-life consisting of pencils, also called Pencil Mikado, named after the well-known pick-up sticks game, is on my list of homework for the art academy. So, I decided to work on it today.

Again I had some unexpected challenges: Different and changing light sources provided an additional challenge – my desk is in front of a window and at first the daylight was stronger. Slowly it got less and the light from a lamp to the left side resulted in a stronger shadow than when I began. The pencils lay on a cloth that was not perfectly straight but I realized too late that because of it the shadows were crooked.

Pencil Mikado