We have had a male model at Life Painting, often trickier to paint than female models. A few of us moved our easels to try to get a view that was slightly less beset by perspective issues. These two images are in sepia tones (the actual skin colour is starkly affected by the very bright arc lights in the studio). The lying-down pose, with arms wrapped around the body, was a challenge – we have this pose for another couple of sessions so I will have to go off-piste a bit, or abstract, or cubist, or…. You just have to accept what you get and make the best of it, and learn from it. I’m certainly doing that thing that art tutors keep telling you to do (which I’m fairly bad at): Observe.