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.
In light of Inktober, working on “mother and child” as well as a few other oil paintings I haven’t had as much time to study as I’d like. But the few times I have had to work on these types of drawings I have been studying nuances of drapery and clothing folds. It is important to me that various clothing look like the correct material as well as look as if it has weight. Its going to be on when I get my powdered graphite from my parents house! In addition to the learning experience it is great to get the instant gratification of a pretty drawing. Rendering drapery on the level that I like in oils is not a fast process.