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Embracing Challenge with W/C Pencil

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Day two, and I'm already behind.  I'm accepting this challenge to work with watercolor pencil.  I've had two small Derwent sets for a few years, but haven't done much with them.  My plan is to try sketching exclusively with them for this challenge, as well as to incorporate them into sketching with some pen and ink.  This is my first attempt at a sketch, done only with the pencils on arches 140# cold press.  It's nothing to do with roots or places, but I'll get on with that.

Day 1:  Roots

As a gardener, I think of roots in a literal sense.  It's also easier to draw than a family tree.

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Day 2:  Place

It's literal, but a "place" for me is on my bike, when I am inspired and unconstrained.

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Day 3:  Music

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Day 4: Light

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Day 5: Shadow

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Day 6: Comfort

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Day 7:  Composition

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Day 8:  Memory

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Day 9:  Texture

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Day 10: Time

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Day 11:  Perspective

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Day 12:  Space

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Day 13:  Open

Open to road trips and even some lifestyle changes.

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Day 14:  Gift

This would be a nice one....

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Day 15: Balance

Since my intention with this challenge is to use watercolor pencils, I've been trying to use no other medium, but here, I've relaxed a little and used mainly ink with a bit of watercolor pencil. 

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Day 16:  Depth

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Another attempt at "depth."  Both are made from references of photographic x-rays, and are done on cold press watercolor paper with watercolor pencils.  On this second one I brushed on pigment for a smoother, more transparent base.  The first attempt, above, needs more blending, maybe. Just learning flowers, so it's a beginning....

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Day 17: Nurture

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Day 18:  Past

Goodbye Uggs! 

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Day 19:  Theme

Seems to be trees and nature....

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Day 20:  Precious

Family, friends and freedom.  And Chocolate.  See below.

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Day 21:  Dream

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Day 22:  Fear

Fears are stories we tell ourselves.

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Day 23:  Structure

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Day 24:  Detail

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Day 25:  Safe

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Day 26:  Magic

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Day 27:  Grow

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Day 28:  Bliss

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Day 29: Leap.  It's been fun and challenging, and my Prismacolor watercolor pencils have had a good workout.  I've tried several different techniques and feel more comfortable working with them.  This challenge has also been a great way to get me doing some daily sketching.Thank you, Ria Sharon!

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