I have many graphite drawings of nudes on paper and canvas. This one, in particular, was drawn on a 22×30 size of Arches cold press watercolor paper. After the drawing is finished, I will often wet down the sheet of paper, then splash a few different watercolor pigments all over. After the paper dries, I may do the same process a second and third time. …
After the paper dries again, I let my imagination run. My thoughts, music I'm listening to, etc. will have a great effect on what I see. I will use either paint or a pencil to begin suggesting what I see.
With this drawing, the model had fallen asleep, and the colors I used to splash all over seemed like the colors of autumn leaves. I took a brush dipped in water, then a slightly darker pigment, and began hinting at outlines of leaves, or filling in areas of negative space. Sometimes this is a long process and certain pieces of artwork will take several weeks or even months to complete. I often work on several at a time.
Originally, this painting had the title of "Hybernation" but everyone kept calling it "Leaf Man" so I changed the name.