I started this little experiment with media in my new Hand-Book sketchbook 2 weeks ago and only got a chance to finish it tonight. The sketch is of a former colleague at an architecture firm where I worked in 2006; here, reduced almost to a cartoon. I tried out watercolor, Prismacolor markers and colored pencil.

I haven’t done anything in watercolor in ages, so it was fun to get absorbed in it again, trying to get the feel for layering washes, wet vs dry, color mixing and all of that. Some spots are a muddy mess, but there are moments that aren’t bad and the paper held up pretty well for a sketchbook. The markers bleed through but handle well, and I’m not fond of the paper texture for the colored pencil; ideally, I’d want a smoother surface. Now to incorporate some of these things into my daily practice!

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