For my Illustration 2 class we needed to simply create a portrait using whatever techniques we liked as long as we used watercolor. Natalie was my model for this portrait and I decided to start out with a fully rendered pencil drawing and then go over it with a few layers of watercolor. I used a smooth sheet of hot press watercolor paper and did the initial drawing on it, sprayed a thin layer of fixative on the drawing to make sure the pencils don't mix with the watercolor, and then applied about 3 layers of watercolor to flush out the correct skin and hair tones. This is the first time I have used this technique and I must say that I am really happy with how it turned out. It's a great way to take fully rendered pencil drawings to a finished state. Below are links to the pencilled version and a shot of the first layer of watercolor.