Time to move from black & white to color! I've still got a hell of a lot to learn about sketching in black & white, but the desire to also work in color overtook me. So, I took a trip to Blick's to look for a set of colored pencils. Found a very nice set of 48 pencils that run a gamut from white to black. About 40 bucks!
Blick has a very nice store in Paramus on Route 4. I also took a look at a few drafting tables. I need an inclined surface for drawing. Here's one I like.
The above table can be purchased with either a solid or a glass top. A Blick's clerk told me that the glass top is preferable if you want to built a light box, i.e., light the drawing surface from below. This helps with tracing. Don't know if that is important to me. Might be. This table is simple, and it features an easily accessible drawer. Wood or glass, the price is about 200 bucks. I'd also need a lamp of some sort.
I set up my drawing board on the Karoake Queen's kitchen island and proceeded to create a chart of color swatches on paper for each of the colored pencils. Result below. I did create a swatch for the white pencil in the set, but you can't see it against the white paper background. I don't know what use a white pencil serves.
As you can see from the color swatches, solid fills with pencils are difficult to produce. The closest I came to producing a solid fill is the violet block in the lower left hand corner. Didn't want to take the time to do a solid fill in each swatch. And, I can still see some white specks poking through and some inconsistencies in the saturation of the fill in that violet swatch.
This leads me to the conclusion that pencils won't entirely do the job for me. Whether this means that I will ultimately switch to a different media type (say pastels, colored pens, water colors, or something else), or go straight to Photoshop to color my sketches, I can't yet say.