Because I have a tendency to become very laboured in my work—not just with the life drawing—which always results in something stiff and awkward, I have adopted a deliberate practice of disrupting the work in some way whenever I feel that it is in danger of becoming a little stilted. Most often I will do this using the hard plastic eraser as a mark-making tool, and/or by making random marks on the paper.
In recent months I have made some deliberate attempts to explore what I term (if I have to or I am asked to), foreground/background disruption in which the background of the drawing—perhaps no more than some colour marks—comes over and into the figure itself.
Rich, fully reclined, charcoal and pastel
All drawings ©John D. Petty