Ben, slumped, coloured.

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The model fell into a draped sofa in the corner of the studio. The light was poor, enlivened only by a weak spotlight but this somehow enhanced the vibrance and variety of the colours I could see in his partially tanned body. I could not work fast enough to get it all down before he moved into the next pose.

I feel the rapid strokes and strong colours give this work an excitement that can be lacking in more considered poses which can often look overworked.

Soluble graphite gives a fabulous depth to watercolours, underpinning and strengthening them in turn.

The next pose was a less open, more foetal, seated one. The shaved head was almost in complete shadow by now and was therefore a deep chestnut colour. The model rested his head onto the palm of his hand. I drew, quickly mapping his body, planning the composition and outlining the relative proportions prior to slapping on colours almost straight from the box. Gold green, cadmium red and Potter’s pink underscored by the 8B graphite drawing.

These ten minute sketches are usually just preludes to longer poses but I feel that I may have captured an energy that was not obvious in the model himself.

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