In the quest to shake things up, today I tried something new. I started this drawing using Faber-Castell blue marker on Mi tientes pastel paper. Blocked in some of the dark areas with the marker. Then I used oil pastels to lay down color for the sky, the sea, the sand, and the rocks. Next I used a stump to blend the color. I then went back in and added more oil pastel for deeper values. Since oil pastels are water soluble, I took a round brush to move the color around and blend the color a bit more. I continued to add more color until I was satisfied. To complete the drawing I used gouache to add highlights.
What I did different with the drawing, was using the marker first to establish the outline of the drawing. Since the marker was not water soluble, I wasn't sure if the oil pastel would cover the marker lines. As I continued to work the on the drawing I found that even though the blue marker did peak out in some spots, I thought it just added to the drawing.