We started with some wonderful gesture poses, 2-5 minutes long. I was working on a textured piece of tan paper, and I used one dark and one white piece of Nupastel to block in the shadows and highlights.
For the longer pose, I ended up working from two different vantage points (couldn't hog the beautiful view all night!) The first one I started was very colorful. It's not resolved yet (the lighting scheme isn't very strong yet, and I need to pull the colors together) but I am liking the bold look!
She had the most beautiful neck!
Next I perched up a little higher, sitting on a corner staircase, going back to the tan pastel paper and two pieces of Nupastel.
The wrist feels a little awkward, but other than that I like it! I am questioning whether or not I should indicate a little bit more of the pole she was holding on to, so that her suspended arm does not feel so odd.