A photograph of a life size skeleton figure and myself sitting and leaning on one another back to back. The skeleton is wearing a red velvet cloak. I am wearing a bedazzled black Medieval style dress, black crow skull headpiece with flowers, and black sandals. There are two skeleton rat figurines scuttling alongside us.
Detail of skeleton sitting

These photographs are from the first of a series of figure modeling sessions I did for a local art center.  The skeleton is a very good sitter, but at one point he got tired and fell over to go back to the sleep of the dead.  It took a bit of coaxing on behalf of myself and some of the artists to right him again…  In figure drawing, I prefer to create scenes that play out like unanswered stories rather than to just draw the figure for its own sake, although I’m not entirely certain how that went over with the group since it can add a lot of extra work.  (My portrait selfie was taken before this figure modeling session, so I thought I’d share where that came from.)

Portrait of myself with dark makeup and crow skull headdress, backlit by the sun.