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I typically start with a line drawing. I use both light/airy lines and bold lines throughout my sketch.Then I use my brush to dissolve those lines (much of the time I use a water brush), I pull pigment away and then use that pigment to shade, add contrast and bring my line drawing to life.
The Triad Tree When teaching watercolor classes, I often see students struggle with what I consider one of the joys of watercolor. I’m referring to the joys of color mixing.