Watercolor pencils are great tools for fast sketching. Start just like a pencil sketch and then add a little bit of water to blend some of the strokes. Three big tricks to help
- Keep it small. Thumbnail sketches can be just as satisfying as big landscapes and they take less time.
- Just use one color (gray or dark brown to make a monochromatic study. Faster, easier to control.
- Don’t add water over all of your pencil strokes. A little variation will help add interest to the drawing.
- Once you have some liquified pencil on the tip of your brush, paint with it, adding value to some of the white areas.
- Leave some paper white (no pencil, now brushed on pencil tone). This will enhance the contrast in your drawing.
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