He is really impressed with the sculpts. Noble looking faces.
Russell says he is starting to get the hang of this wash then highlight technique that Aly has laid out. It certainly works at this scale and is proving a quick method that also gives very satisfactory results. He will be trying this technique for his smaller scale painting to see if it translates.
These days he needs very good light to paint. There is a large adjacent window that gives good natural light during the day, six downlights in the roof above, and a magnifier light with a natural light bulb. He is yet to master the magnifying glass option, but guesses there will come a day he'll have to.