I mentioned that I tend to work a piece straight through. I believe that you should keep pushing until you're happy, so this sketch went through a number of transformations, mistakes, agonies. I wait for the next step to reveal itself to me. Trial and error, success and failure. Let's review. First I created a pencil sketch, then filled it in with pen. Second step was adding some watercolor washes. Third step was to add some book text collage and thread sketching on the sewing machine. Fourth step was to paint over the collaged background. At that point I decided that it was too busy, so I added contrast with a wash of white paint at the base of the trees and muted the background. Finally, I tried to figure out what was missing. I really needed to accentuate the MIDDLE of this sketch by bringing the colorful leaves to the forefront. Bingo! I added some larger leaves and gave them a big color impact.
Look to the CENTER of life for the juiciest parts. We are all on a journey from black to white and back again. Life is a journey, art is a journey and each sketch takes a journey as well.