Friday, September 16, 2011

Bargue Plate 28

Leg of the statue of The Crouching Venus. The shading is subtle, the curves elegant, the thigh impressively robust. I wonder how long it took the craftsman of the statue to shape the stone into something so delicate, yet full of strength, and whether he was inspired by a living woman. It was a nice, relatively easy plate, though I'm still having trouble with the light areas. Partially it seems to be an issue of getting lost in the wiggle of the pencil across the paper and not realizing how dark that particular passage is becoming. It's really important to remember to step back, rest your eyes, and then consider the relation of the part to the whole.

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