My final project last semester for Jeff Pike's Illustrating Texts class. This was a major breakthrough in working process and media handling. Why is it that I've been making watercolor paintings for as long as I've been able to hold a brush, but I just got enough control over it to make satisfying illustrations starting five months ago? Because that's when Pike convinced me to invest in quality paper and bigger brushes. I figured out that once you reach a certain level of skill and understanding of your media, the quality of materials you're using becomes crucial to achieving a quality finish to your images.