This is a watercolor interpretation of my previous charcoal sketch. I thought it would be fun to see how intense I could get the colors in watercolor, rather than oil, which is what I usually use for this type of subject matter. The watercolor is definitely a much more indirect approach, with layering to build up the color. This was a great exercise--I usually do watercolor with a wet into wet approach, so this made me work on the layering process.
This is a charcoal sketch I've done today in preparation for a new painting. It will be a small painting, 6 x 6, and I may expand to a larger size in another similar composition. I've done a few small pencil sketches above the drawing to look at options for this composition. Charcoal is fun to use because you can really create dimension with it--now the challenge is to carry that over into paint!