Value Studies – Self Portrait

One thing I have been discovering as a painter is that I need to become more diligent in arranging my values during the drawing process. I have spent some time working on these types of value studies so when I do work on my paintings I don’t have to put so much effort into correcting things in oil, making the whole thing take longer than necessary. It is best to do this type of work from life or good photo reference.

Figure study

I just discovered that there is a group in my area that conducts weekly figure study sessions. I am very excited to discover this as I have been unable to actually do a nude study from life for the past couple of years. I look forward to learning more and meeting other artists. Here are a couple of the longer pose studies.