This was a larger sketch than I would normally undertake and it showed up a couple of problems.
Not being sure where a sketch ends and a drawing begins plus the fact that my speed is not too good this sketch took a little over 2¼ hours and I made some errors, i.e. the position/shape of the plate. Also the vase held considerably more flowers, not sketched.
How long should a compositional sketch similar to this take a reasonably competent draughtsman?
The sketch doesn’t particularly show it but the flowers and the wine bottle diminished the subject, the plate of fruit, and gave the composition too much height.
Sketch 1’s wine bottle has been replaced with a shorter/wider bottle, the flower and the vase reduced in height and a smaller wine glass substituted.
The light source was brought forward so the vase of flowers could be closed in and not put the fruit in shadow.
The knife (to lead the eye into the subject of the composition as the flowers are a bit dominating) has been repositioned.