The large chiaroscuro study of Tobias and the Angel (the detail above repays clicking on to see a magnified version) is progressing in rather unexpected ways. I’ve been exploring tone and texture to conjure angelic wings and garments that are a step onward from what I’ve attempted in the past. Something happened with the mark-making, transforming what I’d intended to be a tweed-textured jacket into a weave far stranger, almost suggesting a matador’s glittering ‘suit of lights’ oddly combined with the spotted markings of a big cat. This wasn’t at all the direction I’d planned, but now I’m hooked. The detail shows a glimpse of a flying jacket-tail and a leg, together with an unfurled wing made from marks like ripples on water combined with metallic fish scales. I nearly titled this post ‘Adventures in Drawing’! Artlog regulars will notice that I reversed the composition from the way the maquettes appear.