Simplifying a pattern

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Process for a watercolor sketch of a complicated pattern (from the Saadian Tombs in Marrakech).

Above left: Color impression of the pattern without worrying about the composition or drawing, focus on simply getting some color ideas down and seeing what happens on your paper when you try this.

Above right:Begin again with a sketch of the simple, underlying  shapes with hard (HB which is light) pencil.

Below I have added watercolor to the pencil sketch above, then added burgundy pen.

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