These first two sketches the model was clothed as the proper model failed to turn up. So our tutor sat for us. I really enjoyed depicting the clothes which helped to find the form and weight of the figure. These were 10 minute sketches.
Then one of the class agreed to sit for us in his underwear. He was a good model and I tried the technique of going as slowly as possible building the form and the tone simultaneously.
This last pose was longer – 40 minutes and I got a bit lost. Firstly the proportions got out of focus so that I felt I was too far on and did not adjust them sufficiently. However I did work more on building up the tonal areas in different ways and with different colours – all conte, chalk and pencil detail. The fact that the sofa is more there helps him look more seated. The study of the upper torso is pleasing. And the legs but somehow the middle is too extended.
Need to stand back and check proportions early in the pose. Different materials adds to the complexity of the image.