Started the flamingos...first, chose 2 photos to work from...then traced over things, arranging as I go. Then had to enlarge the sketch on the copier and cut and paste and redraw over things (again, arranging a bit more) with black marker. Then traced over that on my tracing paper and turned that over and colored the back with watercolor pencils (if you trace onto your watercolor paper with watercolor pencil lines, the lines will melt away and not leave hard or strong graphite lines).
I have finally gotten the drawing - in watercolor pencil colors - on the Fabriano Artistico paper (1/2 sheet). So I should be ready to go...
I know you can't see this very well - but you'll get the idea, I think.
Now that blogger stopped acting so finicky and allowed me to upload these, it's time to go watch some of the prelims for the Kentucky Derby. There is a horse running called chocolate something - I am definitely betting on that one! ha ha