Yesterday, in the life drawing session, I followed a class plan intended to help free us of some of the constraints on our drawing. I covered the paper in a variegated wash in acrylic ink to form a ground. In gouache, I blocked in the warm light spilling across the lower limbs and lifted out from a white wash to form the head and torso. Then, before the break, we were told to partially destroy this. I washed over it in dilute sepia ink both covering and smudging the still wet gouache.
My plan then was to add back the minimum of marks. I meant to find the key highlights and depth of shadow and mark just these, looking for contrasts in hue and tone. How easy to be seduced by detail though. I started to draw into this with pastel, standing too close without breaking between making marks to just look.
I am happy enough with this outcome and pleased with this experiment in mixing media. However, I can see how a more subtle, more expressive drawing might have been achieved with fewer marks.
In parallel to this process, I had sketched rapidly in charcoal to get an idea of the main shapes.