Sketched at my lifedrawing session this morning. The model was definitely leaning one way: her head rested in her hand and she leaned in that direction. Which is what I thought I was capturing. But when I was done, she just didn’t seem to lean enough.
Part of the problem is that other arm, straight down the middle of the composition: It tricks you into ‘untilting’ whatever subtle tilt I drew in… But maybe there’s more?
Someone suggested I look at my sketch in a mirror to see if I could find what was bothering me. I did, and while it didn’t fix my leaning problem, a whole bunch of new things came up. I’ve flipped the image in photoshop( below) to approximate what I saw. On the left: my original. On the right: the flipped image. I could swear the one on right has more depth in the dark areas, and more vibrant orange-reds in the skintone. Even a slightly different angle to the head.
Do the two images above look exactly the same to you? If you see differences, what ARE they? And if you understand why this happens, I’d love to know!