Who knew that drawing or painting a tree trunk would be so entertaining for me the last few evenings. I kind of stumbled upon a new technique while doing it. For this piece, I used a colorful and scribbly underpainting that I did with watercolor pencils and used a bigger wet brush to blend it all together before starting on the more detailed drawing on top that was done with the same watercolor pencils. I used them mostly dry for the detailed work but sometimes I did additional blending with water.
This was kind of inspired by a podcast interview John Middick did with Tracy Frein on the Sharpened Artist Podcast were they talked about doing detail on top of a somewhat chaotic underpainting. That process kind of resonated with me so I tried it here.
The paper I used was inexpensive watercolor post cards and the pencils were Caran D'Ache Museum Aquarelle and Supracolors with a few Arteza watercolor pencils. I'm learning that the opacity is strongest with with the two Caran D'Ache brands (in that order) and not great with Arteza pencil because those seemed more transparent with less pignent but but at times I wanted that transparency. Either way I'm sure I would get varied results depending on the paper and pencil combinations.
It was a fun approach, so I think I'm going to keep practicing it.