Today's post is a graphite portrait drawn from life during a 10-hour pose...the so-called "long pose". The benefits of a long-pose drawing are many. It's where all the skills developed during shorter sessions are consolidated and polished. My focus here was to experiment with edges, values, and shapes to understand which elements were critical to the likeness. The pose was broken into 5 2-hour sittings. Before each session I assessed the weaknesses in the image and came up with a plan for the next session. ( I also made adjustments from a photo reference outside of class. Photos can be misleading, though, since the lens usually distorts shapes and values.)
Unfortunately I got the seat in class where the model looks straight on...not the best angle. To add interest, I pushed the tilt of his head to his right, and his gaze left. The ultimate goal is to apply this knowledge to (portrait) painting, which is my main focus going forward.
Van 2010, 14 x 11, graphite on bristol board