On the left, a longer (40ish minutes) study. On the right, about 15 minutes, maybe less. The longer study on the left preceded the shorter one.
What isn’t here is the 2 quick sketches of this same pose that preceded this: in charcoal on newsprint and then on tinted paper.
The more sedate a pose gets, the harder it is to keep it looking vibrant. And I’m always tempted to work just quickly and gesturally because it comes naturally to me and I find it to be fun. But longer studies like the one on the left help me
a) learn to slow down
b) observe more carefully
c) get better at understanding anatomy
d) get better at drawing that quick, gestural piece I love doing
e) do something outside my comfort zone
Enough reason to plug away at them, right?