I can't say it enough - I get to work with so many amazing models in my figure drawing groups! Last Wednesday our model was kind enough to pose for a few reference photos. My desire is to create a large series of the black and white charcoal drawings on the textured surfaces.
With his shaved head and broad shoulders, I had a feeling this pose would be perfect for him, and so far it's looking great! His head and hand are coming forward, the right shoulder is dropped and twisted towards his knee, there is a lot of tension where his hand is gripping the stand. This particular surface is pretty gouged and not as smooth as some of the previous pieces, and I decided not to sand it any further because I liked that grittiness and imperfection.
He also had some great poses during our group, one of which he used a rope to pull and create tension along his back.
The second, longer pose, had a dramatic overhead light that, again, really benefited from his shaved head and well defined shoulders.
Both of these were drawn with charcoal and watercolor pencils on watercolor paper primed with gesso.
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