Nudes. The study of the female and male form have been a favorite subject matter for artists since, well, since forever. As far back there is evidence of this fact. In 28,000-25,000 BCE the Venus/Woman of Willendorf was created, during the paleolithic era. Found in a cave in Austria, she was created out of a type of limestone that was not typical of the region in which she was discovered and tinted with color.
|Step One: The sketch|
|Step Two: Filling in the figure and working from bottom (of canvas, not hers) upward
(which is actually a no no-I should be working backwards to front, which also sounds like a pun)
|Step Three: Adding color and shadowing to figure and more detail to the drapery|
Every artist undresses his subject, whether human or still life. It is his business to find essences in surfaces, and what more attractive and challenging surface than the skin around a soul? -richard corliss