With some time off this week I'm trying to do some media studies for the salt shaker project.
I'm still not quite sure what I want the final style to look like, but I've been thinking a lot about simple pencil rendering lately, so Im looking for ways to introduce a little color to that technique.
This is my first attempt. I started with an old scrap of cold press watercolor paper. After transferring the sketch I did some simple watercolor washes (left image), just to block out large areas of color, and to tone the paper so it would look a little weathered. Once things were dry I came back in with the pencil to add all the real tone and detail (right image).
There are things about the color that I like, but this paper just doesn't take pencil very well. Even fresh the texture is too big, and that just gets worse after it's been wet and wrinkles a bit. I'll have to see if I can find some drawing paper that can take watercolor rather than the other way around.