This was a 10 minute pose in a wonderful venue near Covent Garden using flat-ended markers. For this there it was good to do a quick study first to get a feel of the form and then committing to the marker in a calm concise way.
I find that anything permanent or on ‘nice paper’ the mind can be a little precious and start to over think. That is why, as much as possible, I like to go into each painting with an attitude of “this is just for me to experiment” or “this is a messy one- I can scrunch it up afterwards!”. In this way, it’s almost like giving the dog a bone: The mind calms down and isn’t so loud, and I am left to just look and simply observe with little judgement. This is what life drawing for accuracy essentially is: unfiltered translation of what you see onto paper. Simple! (In theory..)