I thought that it might help kickstart me back into drawing (and then to painting) if I attended the free Hatton Gallery art classes for adults – and that it would be nice to draw in the company of others. I was surprised to see how many people were there, and glad to see a range of ages.
The tutor went through the basics of drawing a figure and a head, and got us to measure the height of a figure in a photocopied black and white photograph of a painting, and then to draw a figure from one of the paintings in the exhibition around us, or from a photocopy of another work from the permanent collection.
I chose the figures in this painting because they are not straightforward; because there is a relationship, a dynamic between the figures that I wanted to explore; and because I have attended life classes in the past led by the artist, Dale Atkinson. I didn’t finish it because there wasn’t enough time, but I rather like the texture of the unfinished sketch. The original painting, Queer Fish, can be seen on the Your Paintings website.