This drawing of Rangitoto was done as a gift for friends who have just celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary. It shows the amazing view from their balcony. I drew this from a series of photos and a little bit of real life observation from our own window (which shares aspects of the view!). The main challenge was to draw on a bigger scale than I am used to – most of my sketches are done in an A5 or A4 sketchbook but this picture needed to be bigger to suit a wall display. I chose some loose leaf Fabriano watercolour paper and cut it to A3 size. I had to work fast with the watercolour to avoid drying lines when covering larger areas of paper!