Hello lovely people,
I’ve been asked a lot lately whether I paint my figures from life or photo reference. Until now I haven’t been able to attend any sketch class and had to work with photos instead. I try to work quickly and not to copy and I also like to change the poses and faces a bit sometimes. I don’t think there is anything wrong with using photo reference, especially when one is still learning a particular medium… but I do agree that painting from life is a completely different experience. I used to draw from a life model a lot back at my art school but I would love to try sketching in watercolour.
I don’t know when exactly but probably in February I will FINALLY join a life drawing group and will do my best to bring you back some sketches 🙂
The figure below was painted in watercolour on Centenaire cold pressed paper, still using photo reference.