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Art Show: Anatomy

Female Study

by Erika Nelson

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Art: Female Study by Artist Erika Nelson
I love doing charcoal figure studies. I try to jump into to any opportunity to draw from life, preferrably nudes! Nothing is more beautiful than a nude body! Any type of body, overweight, over thin, or average, once stripped, is even more beautiful to me! But ohhh that dreaded foreshortened leg!

I love working in charcoals because I feel they bring me close to the Old Masters when they managed to capture delicate studies like a cameras would. It's also quite romantic that every little scratch of charcoal on the toned paper adds substance to the art work and when blending the values is basically what turns it into flesh. But I always save the big punch for last - the white highlight. The white makes the subject emerge into a world most familiar to us.

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