What Happens When You’re Not Looking

Once more to my favourite subject (no, not me, although this is a sort of
self portrait).
I had quite a lot of trouble with this one, mainly due to the dappled light.
It took a lot of repeated layers of watercolour to get the necessary
contrast, and when that didn’t do the trick I went over the whole thing with
a dark pencil. Consequently it looks less watercoloury than I would have
liked, but you live and learn…
Below is the very first pencil scribble and subsequent tonal study that led
to the finished thing, plus photographic evidence of one of my favourite
places to sit and dream up these flights of fancy.



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