It's not the easiest thing in the world to capture water - and certainly not with coloured pencils! But looking closely at the task at hand reveals that it's more a question of colour than you would expect when you first think of water. It's also, however, a question of leaving colour out, at exactly the right spots, or rather the right ripples, to create a realistic effect. Hence the importance of sticking as close as possible to the shapes you observe as you draw. Only then will the final drawing look like the real thing.
Here I've just started to introduce a few ripples in the surface of the water. In this case it's difficult to know exactly where to leave some white space for light as I'd like to make the water a little more interesting than in the photograph I've taken.
Yeah, yeah! "Get on with it!", I hear you say. Well, it's all very well
for you to talk - you are not staring at a virtually blank sheet of
paper faced with the daunting task of filling it with sometimes
reflecting, mostly murky water and teeming koi fish! "This needs time to
unfold naturally... so don't disturb the process!", she says, trying
feebly to disguise her very haphazard method of working!
This sitting has taken 3 hours (7 hrs and 55 mins. in total) and then life interrupts. I hope I get a bit more accomplished next time... but that's another kettle of fish!...