But liked the drawing style from one of my classic female nudes
So I pulled both of those together! I staged a model in a similar pose, taking a bunch of reference photos and piecing together the exact look I wanted.
Then, I worked on a piece of watercolor paper that is mounted to foam core (gives a lot of stability to the paper) starting with vine charcoal and an eraser to block in the largest shapes and values. The surface is 16" x 24".
Using a wet brush, and just clear water, I washed a few areas of charcoal where I wanted the lines to be softer and the values more subtle. Once that dried, I went back in with a soft charcoal pencil and started pushing my values further.
I am still working on this piece - Making sure that the values are all accurate and everything is correct in scale. Right now, seeing it on screen, the shoulder on our left is too dramatic - even though it is close to the light source, and even in my reference photo the lighting is quite dramatic at that point, it is "jumping out" too much.
I think I also might push the value a little darker of the cast shadow from the model's legs to the wall...it's an important element. Even though the legs are probably the focal point, I did not place them in the top center of the page - I had to take note of the whole "L" shape of the model, placing the whole figure towards the left side of the page. I think the stronger cast shadow would help balance the piece.
Any thoughts as I continue?
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