|Rose 9" x 11.5" graphite and watercolor pencil on Arches 140lb watercolor paper|
I was initially drawn to this photo for the interesting lines, single color and an opportunity to capture wood texture. This was the first time I attempting to draw wood and use watercolor pencils together. I normally use watercolor pencils for sketching plein air or color studies.
My first sketch was a value study for the wood texture and layering watercolor pencils wet or dry. The second sketch was on Arches cold press (a little texture/tooth to the paper) and the watercolor pencil showed too much texture. The only solution was to apply the watercolor pencils wet with a brush.
I am very satisfied with the result although I don’t see myself using watercolor pencils and graphite on textured paper any time soon.
Photo reference from desicomments.