While the Yellowstone Ravens painting simmers (I'm waiting for it to tell me something), I've begun another painting which needed more preparation.
First, using the photo, I took a piece of tracing paper and traced a grid (1 inch squares) and then traced the photo over that on the same piece of tracing paper.
Then I took a large sheet of tracing paper and traced a grid on it (2 inch squares so I'm enlarging the photo/sketch).
Then I used the smaller gridded sketch to draw in the objects on the larger sheet of tracing paper.
Next, I have to put some graphite paper under the large sketch and trace the sketch onto my watercolor paper. Then I'll be ready to paint this one. This is more drawing prep than I usually do (I usually just draw freehand), but I thought the objects needed more attention before starting with the paint.
I'll be trying out my new daVinci cosmo-top spin brush (a no. 8) on this one to see how it works. The colors I bought are all refills of my standards except for Rich Green Gold, which is a new one.