with the sole intention of improving my eye and my hand. It’s all about the lessons I can learn from the things I tackle; the subject matter and, to a point, the aesthetic appeal of the finished product are of secondary importance. After all, few people would want a sea of moodily-lit cast drawings on their walls.
Here, though, I feel I’ve managed to get that “on the wall factor”. I can’t quite formulate into words why that is; I think probably a number of things. First is the pose itself - which has something statuesque and graceful about it. Secondly, there is a lightness of touch in the rendering, which communicates just enough without becoming “stodgy” or visually oppressive. Finally, there is a warm luminous atmosphere to it, which is so easily lost by endless reworking and adjustment.
Ben Laughton Smith
Aspiring artist, training in the classical tradition.