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Getting composition and ornamentation to work is mostly trial and error. Try to make loose, gestural pencil strokes, and if a particular idea doesn’t look right, erase it and try something different. Sometimes it will take me several hours of sketching to get something to look balanced. You just need to be patient.
I sometimes use nibs, but I much prefer using a brush (Raphael 8404 #2 is my favourite at the moment.) I wouldn’t suggest using anything smaller than a #2.
Of course, the best advice is to experiment and find out what suits you best!
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Maurice Sendak On Death (And Life).