I couldn't wait for an opportunity to do a traditional piece. I bought the prettiest watercolor paper I could find, Fabriano 300lb. It feels, just like it sounds, fancy and Italian. I did many sketches of Aztec imagery, using 4B charcoal on tracing paper. I like tracing paper, not because it's translucent and I could cheat, but because I like the way the pencil connects to the paper. The lines flow smooth and confidently. After many tries, I finally came to a drawing I liked. We printed it on the watercolor paper, and I painted it. Twice.