"It is a time of tons of verbiage, activity, and consumption.... But I do know that many who are driven to this life are desperately searching for those pockets of silence where they can root and grow. We must all hope that they find them."
Mark Rothko, 1969
We're fortunate enough here in DC to have the Capitoline Venus at the National Gallery on loan from the Capitoline Museum in Rome. Here's a few of my studies of her. http://www.nga.gov/press/2011/venus.shtm
These are a few sketches I did recently in my sketchbook in order to blow the cobwebs off of my drawing supplies and also to draw focusing on surface anatomy and underslying form, rather than rendering the light as it falls accross the forms. Not that there'a anything wrong with fousing on light rather than form - you have to do both - just placing emphasis on one rather than the other. Each on took about 30 minutes or so.