Here are two attempts of the same pose from different angles. In the first I continue to explore the combination of charcoal and gouache. Unlike the previous post on experimental drawing, I fixed the charcoal before painting over it. This results in a quite different effect – the paint sticks to the surface instead of skating over the carbon layer. Once again, I am trying for the contrast between the opaque and transparent use of paint. I think opaque medium is called body colour, but ironically, I used this for the background.
The following week, instead of continuing with this, I opted to start from scratch in pencil and work solely in transparent watercolour.
Conclusion … start with a bigger brush and work more consciously light to dark.