These are my cherries I have worked laboriously on for the last week. This is a study I have done to prepare for a painting I am going to do. I used 3 pencils for this drawing, H, HB and B, as well as a 0.3 mechanical HB pencil for some of the very fine lines, and a kneaded eraser to lift out some additional highlights.
It is always best to start with a pencil drawing when planning a watercolour painting. I love that when you make a mistake in pencil it can just be erased! Since watercolour paint can be less forgiving than oil and acrylic. With watercolour paint, the beauty of the medium is also it's occasional downfall. The colours are very transparent and so with patience many thin layers applied can yield a lovely luminous painting. However it also means that mistakes made such as waterlines, muddy colours or incorrect lighting are often very hard or impossible to fix. Doing a pencil drawing first allows you time to adjust lighting and also make sure you have nice wide range of values.
Well after all that I hope I "wow" you with the painting in a few short weeks.