Previously, I’ve sloshed on water and acrylic ink to create my initial drawing and underpainting of tones. I redefined the forms by overpainting. I changed the tonal balance with opaque white. On this inked sketch, I placed colour with gouache or watercolour. Sometimes this worked but often no shapes emerged and it was a mess. I posted the better ones of course.
However, at the end of last year, I tried to work more systematically, with a pencil sketch setting out the forms and then layering in the watercolour. But I have no system, no sense of direction. What happens is more by accident than judgement. I have perhaps lost spontaneity but not yet gained better control of the medium.
This week I restart life drawing classes (actually last week but I had a deadline to hit, defending a grant that supports us developing a cancer vaccine). If anyone has comments or advice, it is really most welcome.