I love figure drawing... painting, doesn't come to me in quite the same way but I'm trying to get there. Last week's master class exercise was all about distorted perspective. Not just drawing what we see at a foreshortened vantage point, but to really push the changes in scale. The charcoal sketch above came out of that exercise and started me thinking about painting the same figure in context—say, laying on a towel at the beach with a sun umbrella. Creating the scene brought in all kinds of new variables... light/shadow, composition, colour... My brain got a bit overloaded with all of these possibilities, and I noticed when I started to paint that I was trying to correct the distortion—the very thing that made the drawing so much fun. Some days I feel like such a novice!
Middle-aged graphic designer... no real axe to grind