My latest achievement.

This one measures 25 x 38 cm and took roughly 10 hours to complete over three days. It’s based on a photo taken in the 1950s by Reno Wideson. I am happy with the overall result, especially the prickly pear in the foreground (these cactus figs are known as baboutsosyka or baboutsa is Cyprus). I am still using a hot-press watercolour paper and a range of pencils from light and hard (2H) all the way up to soft and dark (6B). The darker pencils provide a rough texture which is ideal for drawing foliage, rocks or stone work. The light and hard pencils provide a smooth even finish which is fine for the houses in the picture.

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