It is so worthwhile to go to art class and work on projects alongside my fellow students. Not only do I have the chance to learn from the wisdom of an amazing teacher, I also see how other artists interpret the same directions using the same model.
Today we simplified our subject down to a few strong shapes and then painted each shape with strong pigment. This was such a perfect exercise for me, given my deliberate sketch focus of, how do I use flat gouache color, big shapes, and black paper to convey what I am thinking. Because I was influenced by the work of the other students, I let more of my brush strokes show and I think this adds interest to the composition.
This is a pastel and gouache sketch on black paper.