I am exhausted, enthused and inspired in equal measures following a great course at West Dean college this weekend. I was really impressed with how our tutor, Andrew Fitchett, managed to cope with a class of 12 people, all with different experiences and objectives, ensuring that each of us got the maximum amount of help and direction. On Andrew’s suggestion I used charcoal for the first day experimenting with different ways of creating form through tone. My favourite was this drawing which attempted to divide the subject into dark and light.
On the second day I was persuaded to move into colour and after a quick practice run before coffee break, this was my first proper attempt at a pastel drawing. It took about 90mins and I think I am encouraged enough by the end result to use colour again!