One of the things I want to work on this year is getting better at working on longer pieces. I love a quick, gestural sketch (and quick poses which tend to be more dynamic and exciting). I find that working fast and loose lets me capture weight and posture, movement and aliveness much better than working slowly does.
But there is certainly something to be gained from learning to work slower, to check proportions and placement more carefully, and look more closely at anatomy and structure, light and shade…
My challenge for this year is figuring how to keep that freshness and aliveness in longer pieces I work on. The dynamism of poses the model strikes just can’t be the same. So what then?
We’ll see where I land with that one, it’s going to be a challenge to figure it out. If you have any insights to share, I’d love to hear from you.