A second try at charcoal and putty rubber with a second model. I had problems getting the charcoal background smooth, kept picking up the texture of the underlying board, and I did it very large which led to some proportion errors but you learn from your mistakes, and it's certainly expressive!
Following the demonstration by our wonderful (and patient) teacher I tackled acrylics again, this time working on a background painted in mahogany-red acrylic first with charcoal, then following the lines in dark brown and finally working on the picture with a range of browns, oranges and white for an actually pretty good likeness! Really enjoyed this, feel I'm beginning to get a grip on how to paint. John encouraged us not to refine too much and the result is expressionistic and lively