I must admit that I felt rather like a little girl in school as I added color to my pen and ink drawing. It was truly an experiment; something I seldom let myself do. I started out with watercolor pencils, then got out the oil pastels. I didn’t like that very much. Too clunky for the fine lines. Next I got out the Faber-Castell pastels and Stabilo pastel pencils. Now that was really kind of fun and worked nicely for a project of this size and detail. I had no plan of attack, but just jumped in with color. The lake was a surprise. It was supposed to be the sky touching the horizon, but it turned into a lake all by itself. The other part of the experiment was to let the hands cover up part of the artwork, so that it looks like she’s really holding it.
I look forward to more experimenting. Thank you, Jack Leisure, for suggesting PhotoShopEssentials for lessons on Adobe Photoshop. I didn’t use the site for creating this image, but I found lots of great ideas to try out in my next experiment.