This is the graphite drawing of the Bristlecone Border at the Denver Botanic Gardens done on Canson Montval watercolor block, 9″ x 12″, cold press. The dark gray areas are the Pebeo drawing gum resist applied to save the lights.
A “ghost wash” is applied over the resist and graphite, with warm tones in the foreground fading to cooler tones in the background.
The main dark and light tones are now established –
and the resist is rubbed off revealing the saved lights.
The final details are added with the small blossoms in the foreground done with white gouache and watercolor.