Preparation sketch for a short story illustration. Drawn in a Moleskine sketch book I will scan this then print it out larger as the template for the finished pencil drawing. Composition is important at this stage. The ominous shadow to the right balancing with the Cordwainer lost in his work on the left. I‘m thinking of making more of the bottle of wine on his work bench, to suggest he may be drunk, no such luck. The candle is also important and will have to be bigger, this is casting shadows and illuminating the image from inside.