graphite & watercolor

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Fiona and I spent some time the other day working with pencil and watercolor. I am trying to learn to work with this combination. I've never had an 'illustration style' when it comes to drawing figures.  I'm really a life drawing kind of girl at heart with graphite being my preferred medium. When I saw Minette's Feast, I was so inspired by the illustrations done by Amy Bates. She uses graphite and watercolor together so beautifully.

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Fiona worked with some warm, fleshy tones and some cool patterns...

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While I tried to turn Fiona into an illustration...

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I don't think it quite captures her, but I'm going to keep experimenting. Next step is to add some color.