Here are the two pieces that I produced during my week at Sarum Studio.
I was initially a little disappointed with the figure painting. I had some early difficulties with the canvas, which had a chalky effect to it and was preventing me from manipulating the shapes as I put them down during the early stages. However, in comparison with my previous figure painting (see under Gallery), I guess it's not too bad. The anatomy is much better, particularly in the elbows, knees and feet and there is a far stronger structure overall.
The portrait was a great success. I managed to establish a good characterisation early on - without consciously trying to do so. After that it was fairly plain sailing. As with the figure painting, this is only the second portrait drawing I've done.
Part of the object of going to Sarum Studio was to get back to basics and spend some time reconnecting with the good practice that I started to put in place during my month there back in 2012. A second week would have been great but I feel far more confident now, even after a week, and I'm looking forward to getting stuck into the first term at LARA in a month's time.
Ben Laughton Smith
Aspiring artist, training in the classical tradition.