Gone too far?

“Should have stopped working on this piece 20 minutes ago.”

I feel that way about a piece pretty often, but I’m not always sure “20-minutes-ago” was actually a good time to stop. So this is what I did today.

At figure drawing practice, I work on one long pose. “Long” being three 20-25 minute sessions with breaks between them. I use session 1 to do a charcoal study. And sessions 2 and 3 to work on a single piece, usually in color. So this time, I photographed my work at the end of every one of those sessions.

Here is the study from session 1.

Here is my color piece at the end of session 2. The whole piece, and a closeup.

And here it is at the end of session 3.

I’m pretty convinced I should have stopped at the end of session 2, what do you think?

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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3 Responses to Gone too far?

  1. Margaret Hunt says:

    Great idea…we do the same pose for two hours with three breaks…so this would work for me too…Its nice to have short poses which could be done by moving around the room for a new view…instead of feeling the pressure on to complete one huge work in two hours…going to have to try it…Thanks!


  2. Annie says:

    Never would I deign to give advice to an accomplished artist even if asked by that artist.


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