The magnolia trees were just finishing up their bloom season when we toured around Washington, D.C. last week. The scent of the fragrant flowers livened up the long cemented facades of the city blocks.
I begin my sketch by drawing very softly with an Ebony graphite pencil.
Using Maimeri's Venezia Compact Watercolor Set, I brush in a light wash to create a soft background layer.
Lastly, I paint a few extra layers for shadows and darken up my contour lines with the Ebony pencil. As with many of my other sketches, I love to inscribe the name of the subject, location, date, and any other pertinent information.