There is a wide spectrum between naturalistic, fleshy figures and completely abstracted forms featuring the bare minimum number of lines and colours.
James Reynolds depicts figurative forms while leaning towards abstraction. He acts as a draftsperson, depicting the outline of a body and only its most fundamental details—corners of the mouth, fingernails, and shirt collars. He uses mostly vertical and horizontal lines on a pale blue background that perfectly emulates a sheet of drafting paper in the morning light. Reynolds is a meticulous colourist, and by using only this pale blue, a cardboard-brown, and graphite-coloured lines in Ship Shape, he etches a self-portrait that emulates a sketch of a memory.