This is a preliminary graphite drawing for a new gouache/watercolor I'm doing. It's a quarter sheet of soaked and stretched Arches hot press watercolor paper. Margo was asking questions about how I handle some things, so I decided to post some photos as I go along…unless I mess it up! At any rate, I've completed the preliminary drawing, but did it a little differently this time. Usually I'd very lightly draw in the subject, but this time I'm considering the drawing to be an equal part of the composition, so I used somewhat stronger lines and some emphasis in certain passages, and I won't erase any of this down before I start painting. In other words, I want it to show.