I have just been back to Somerset to visit family and managed to attend the excellent life drawing group there. The model was Danielle. I have been to this group a couple of times before so I know that the poses are fast and you have to work very quickly. It is very challenging but I like the immediacy of it. I decided to try using permanent pen and water colour for tones and tints. I used pencil to mark out the positions first, then went over the ‘true’ lines with the pen when I had found them, and washed in the colours quickly in the last remaining minutes of the pose. And this seemed to work rather well as a fast yet simple way of describing what is in front of you. I really like life drawing and on limited time you have no time to think you just have to get on with it. Even with 20 minute poses the time is gone in a flash.
I had some very positive feedback from the model and also the the other class members which was encouraging.