I am always looking for a combination of materials to make drawing with colored pencil quicker and easier. For this series of birds, I discovered and used artist crayons. They are similar to Crayolas, but they are water soluble and light fast. When you add water they turn into a paint consistency and they will not fade over time. The pigment is rich and vibrant. You can then apply pastels or colored pencils on top to add details. I really enjoyed working on these pieces!