Butterflies and Watercolor Pencils
The state insect is the Diana Fritillary Butterfly. Apparently it is semi rare and really only hangs out in the Arkansas River Valley and a few spots on the way to the coast.
The female is black and blue. The male is orange and brown.
For this drawing I used ink and watercolor pencils. They are a lot easier then old school watercolor kits, but do water color pencils really work better?
During my last painting with watercolors I was frustrated that I couldn't seem to add any detail or texture with watercolor paints like I could with pencils. At the art store I saw some colored pencils that were used for watercoloring. Would it really get the detail I wanted and still look like a watercolored painting? Maybe. But it was by no means perfect on my first attempt.
I guess there are no magic tools that do the work for you. It's going to take more practice.