This figure study took about 4 hours, over multiple sittings. I could have spent more time rendering the forms, but I normally devote only 4 hours for long studies. This reference gave me the opportunity to study light and shadow on the figure. This reference has a strong chiaroscuro effect and that is why I chose it as my study for today. I found that modeling forms within shadow can be quite difficult.
I really wanted to hunker down in the blocking stage , since I tend to rush through that stage and to later berate myself for getting the proportions all wrong. However, given the nature of the reference, I had to lay down some tone from the start, to establish separation between and within the forms. For example, the left forearms and upper chest.
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Materials used: Graphite, Smooth Newsprint, and kneaded eraser.
Disclaimer: This is not an original work, but a copy of an Russian academic drawing used solely for education purposes.