Aha! Two posts in one day! Well, I had to make up for last week's absence, didn't I? Anyway, here they are, the same oil sketches along with their reference drawings.
These drawings are rather old, so I don't know exactly how much time I spent on them but judging from the amount of information in them I'd guess 5 or 10 minutes each. I use a lot of shorthand in my drawings, so that I can have enough anatomical information to know where things are, in a relatively short amount of time. I don't spend any time on details, as you can see.
The materials I use for these drawings are sanguine pencils for the red, conte for white, and Strathmore 500-series charcoal paper. I've used the same stuff since art school so they feel really comfortable to me.
The drawing for this one has a lot of anatomical information. In fact, each lumpy form has a highlight of similar strength, resulting in an overall lumpy appearance with no hierarchy of importance. That's a bad thing, not good. I'm not saying anatomical information is bad. I'm just saying a lack of clear focus makes for a weaker drawing. This overall lumpy effect is called "A sack of walnuts". I don't know who came up with that term but it's pretty apt.
Anyway, so in the oil sketch, I played down the sack of walnuts effect, and even threw more of the face in shadow. I didn't want a dark shadow obsucrring the facial features, but I also didn't like that the light on the face drew too much attention to it.
Jeremy asked about fleshtones in these oil sketches - I'll talk about that a little bit in my next post. Stay tuned~