Since I left artschool I have focused mostly on printmaking - etching, lino and woodcuts - but recently I have returned to landscape painting in oils and lifedrawing.
I came late to the properties of charcoal and pastels for rendering the human form and the way that light plays upon it. I had thought that charcoal was messy and difficult to control, but I have discovered that by working on a larger scale you are forced to look very carefuly at your subject before making a mark. This works best after the loosening up excerces of the 1 and 2 minute poses at the start of a lifedrawing session. These short poses are always full of tension and can give a very ' hit or miss' result but sometimes something truely spontaneous and exciting appears on the paper.
I am a member of The St.Ives Society of Artists. There is a link to their website here stisa.co.uk/artist-gallery/lee-stevenson.