So I know the sketch thing is *officially* over, but why stop, eh? And I got the watercolor pencils and just *had* to try them on something, so here are this morning's experiments.
First is a redwing blackbird, with the photo from the book "Backyard Songbirds" by Marcus Schneck. The photo itself is by Don Johnston.
The texture was harder to reproduce w/ the pencils than I anticipated on the feathers. But I like the intensity of color on the red & yellow, and am pleased w/ parts of the drawing. Hate the feet. (Ever the critic, you know.)
Next we have a European Robin. The original can be seen here.
Am much happier with this one. Of course, I didn't try to do feet here. ;-) I also was able to do layering of pencil over the wash to give good texture and more color intensity (which was harder to do w/ the black -- although I did w/ some blues and purples on the blackbird, not that you can tell in the photo).
Overall, a nice beginning for some fun new tools. Thanks to the Feedersketch gals for the prizie!