This was a drawing I did in one of Paul Fowler’s Extreme Poses life classes. The models climbed into a cradle of ropes, bolted to the floor and ceiling, and this allowed them to adopt poses they could not normally hold for more than a few seconds. This model was a striking, red haired Hungarian who only came once, I liked the pose, so developed it as an acrylic painting on MDF to keep in my boat.
Next I tried to establish depth with colour, yellow for the nearest arm, orange for most of the body and blue/grey for the most distant leg. I’m not sure this had much effect in the end, other than as a mental guide.
The final layers in ochres, red for that hair and white. The under-painted colours seem to have disappeared, but maybe they help control the tones. I’m still not happy with the line of her back, but time to stop.