Child in Wheat Field

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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.