I haven’t done any of these since February! My reference was a photo of Francine du Plessix Gray that was in New York Magazine. On the first one, I did a tonal water color and used colored pencil on top.
For the second, I used watercolor pencils on a wet piece of paper. It dried quickly, though–why does it dry quickly when I need it wet, and stay wet when I want it to dry?–so I dipped the pencils in water, as well as using them dry in some areas. I like the effect, and this one does resemble the actual photo more.
But something about the first rendering appeals to me…it seems more true to the subject’s spirit maybe.