I tried out some aquarelle pencils today with another sketch for the What I Wore Today flickr group. I bought the pencils about a year ago but hadn't used them until now. Been years since I used coloured pencils, not to mention watercolours! They're actually pretty cool. And so easy and convenient. Unlike tubes of paint.
It got a bit messy after adding water (below), but I like the effect.
I found these pencils quite easy to work with though. I started with a black ball point pen and then layered the colour over. Then I wet the colours with a small brush - which took away a bit of the intensity - so then I coloured into the damp paper with the pencils again to get the richness back. I personally never liked how soft the tones were when I used watercolour paints and struggled to get my shadows dark enough and colours bright enough to make me happy. I think this method with the black pen and aquarelle pencils has some potential and is a nice compromise.