Charcoal preparatory sketches, an oil self portrait in progress and an oil sketch.

I have the opportunity this semester to do a very long painting. 15 weeks long. I spent today trying to get a handle on the pose. These are all 20 minute sketches from various angles around the room.

Here's an self portrait I'm working on for Al Gury. I am doing a burnt umber pick-out style underpainting here. I wanted to try and emphasize better control over the value by limiting it to 5 tones. I acheived some limited success..this time.

And finally, here's an oil sketch I did in Bruce Samuelson's life painting class. I have heard very good things about this instructor and I have high hopes for the semester in here.