This life sketch of Hilary is my effort from yesterday morning; it was painted from life in a session of approx two and a half hours. I really liked the way the red sheet bounced back into the shadows. When I set up a life pose I am more than happy to allow the face to go into the shadow. It stops everyone getting too caught up with producing a portrait which is best avoided in a figure sketch. I only suggested Hilary's face but the red reflected from the sheet was particularly powerful on her facial planes..