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Emily, I happened by your tumblr when I goggled "graphite and watercolor illustration" I wanted to know how do you prevent the graphite from bleeding with the paint? I noticed one of your pieces demonstrates it masterfully! :-)
Thanks! I use a mechanical pencil with a nice cold press paper, perhaps that helps push in the graphite a little and allows the watercolor to soak in well before much bleeding can occur. I don’t have much issues with the linework generally, though large shaded areas often bleed more, bringing me to my point.
It may be good to limit your shading with graphite just to spots that are more secondary, or shadowed. The graphite will make those areas much duller when you add washes over them, so they obviously won’t make a strong focal point. Rely on your watercolors more for shifts in value! Adding hues of a darker value that you may not have thought to overlay can produce beautiful results. (And also sometimes muddled ugly ones. Don’t get mad at me, its a trial and error thing.) But the different hues will give more richness to your piece. Why do a light, medium, and dark version of the same color when reality is so much more complex?
To start, try adding washes of paynes gray over the areas you’ve shaded with graphite. That may add a dimensionality to your shadows you need. I appreciate the question, and happy painting.