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Nick replies

Paint­ing a fig­ure that looks soak­ing wet re­quires tak­ing a num­ber of things into ac­count, de­pen­dent on the style of cloth­ing and such. What sort of fab­rics or tex­tiles are they wear­ing? Think how wet leather looks and be­haves dif­fer­ently to wet silk. While treated leather can have a de­gree of stiff­ness and wa­ter re­sis­tance, silk quickly be­comes wa­ter­logged and clings to the forms be­neath it.

Then I work up an un­clothed fig­ure to drape the wet clothes upon. It makes it eas­ier to work out ma­te­rial cling­ing to the form. I paint a fe­male fig­ure, with longish hair and flow­ing skirt. This also in­flu­ences the pose, which is some­thing else to con­sider. Wet clothes are less com­fort­able and heav­ier. That can af­fect how you move, and even how you be­have. You might choose a dif­fer­ent route through a house to avoid spoil­ing an ex­pen­sive rug, for ex­am­ple.

Your fig­ure work is likely to have more char­ac­ter if you give them a back story. What sort of hair do they have? Curly hair and straight hair might both hang the same when soaked, but may look quite dif­fer­ent as soon as they be­gin to dry.

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