Delicate under drawings for watercolor botanical painting are vital to the success of the finished artwork in a specific technique. Using the best pencil is an essential part of that success. In the my work, pencil drawings have become more and more a central part of the overall botanical painting. The quest for the best pencil has become imperative. Let the games begin!
In the first leg of the games, a number of pencils from leading manufacturers of drawing materials have been acquired. Using these pencils individually on the same subject will provide a decent comparison. After all pencils have been used in drawings of the same flower, (in this case a calla lily), watercolor will be added to determine the effects each pencil has on the final outcome of the painting.
There may or may not be a winner! Some pencils may prove to be better at some aspects of creating a botanical painting. Pencil boxes will likely still be needed but the size may be reduced. Cash outlay for art materials could be reduced too!! We will see!! On your mark, get ready, GO!