For 2002 I've selected this pastel of Roberta. The model I'd booked for the Croydon Life Drawing Group
couldn't make the session; Roberta was a friend who she asked to stand in for her. When she turned up she was very nervous and explained that she's never done any modelling before. I persuaded her to start modelling in a gown and as she became more relaxed she dispensed with it and by the end of the session was happy to be booked again. It was a discovery for me too - that I had the skills to deal with a nervous first time model.