I wanted to spend the time practicing my colored pencil technique. Sometimes it's frustrating, especially because I can't get a sharp enough point (I use a mechanical pencil for drawing, so always have a very sharp point) and the point that I do manage to get quickly wears down. So detail is difficult for me. I keep thinking about how I could do so much better with a small brush. But I'm determined to work on this medium.
In the end, I was happy with these two efforts.
The parrot is on white paper because I wanted really bright colots. But the fox is on toned paper. I like both papers used in the ways that are most appropriate to them.