As for the drawing materials, at first, I was tempted to use oil sticks. They seemed likely to cope with being submerged but how would the water temperature affect them, and would I end up with a squidgy mess? Not good for the reef, for any attempt at drawing, or for my diving kit. In the end I simply went for coloured pencils. My plan was to do the main drawing underwater and then, once the paper had dried, to apply watercolour. I gave it all a 50:50 chance of working and producing something reasonable.
It was great fun but was I successful?
I’ll let you judge…. but I will certainly be trying it again the next time I go for a dive.
Images Courtesy of A R Davis - Artist In Residence / The outline sketch drying out / Under The Mooring