I have been scouring the Internet, studying the drawing techniques of some of my favorite artists (Pete Scully, Tommy Kane, Steven B. Reddy, France Belleville-VanStone (aka "Wagonized"), and Paul Heaston). They all create beautiful drawings, and most of them incorporate watercolor too, as I do. One thing they all seem to have in common is that their works of art are very drawing intensive, even to the point of adding great detail with their lines, and using hatching or stippling to create darker values. Though most indeed use watercolor, it's more as an enhancement to their drawing and not for creating the details so much. I have felt that in my style of watercolor painting, where I prefer to work wet-into-wet and drop in colors, is not very conducive to creating detail and so I've always felt I've struggled with the details. Well, these wonderful artists have provided me an alternative...create these details in ink! So as I take my baby steps in this directions, I share with you an early attempt to do such. See the detail in the saguaro? I drew those lines and dots in their with my fountain pen! This is not something I would have done before, but I really like the result! I even did a bit of hatching in the distant trees, and the distant hills, for the dark areas. Fun! I love this style, and I think it solves some artistic problems I've been having with watercolor painting.
This sketch is from a photo I took at Picacho Peak State Park near Tucson, Arizona in March 2005.