I sat down today and set to work on creating something just to get the practice in and I'm quite happy the way this has turned out. I actually approached the sktech in a different way. Usually I just use a single pencil and then ink after. Today I cleared off the work top and the laid out the pencils, sorting them by grade, from hard to black.
When I started the sketch if was with a 8H to get vague shapes in and then shifted to 7H, I worked through the pencils with each adding more detail and richness to the sketch. And it was fun and very relaxing.