So I'm devouring Sargent at the moment, particularly his studies and sketches. I don't yet have enough knowledge or experience to unlock all that I can learn from these drawings, so I want to post a couple, try to stir up some discussion and see if that discussion will unlock a little more for me.
This is a sketch for one of the Boston Public Library murals. Devil and victim in judgement I think. Some of the questions I'm asking myself about this sketch..
Was this from life or from imagination? How long did he spend on this? If I had drawn this pose, in what ways would mine be different? He used so few lines, each one must relate to a muscle or bone or other landmark that he felt was important; I don't recognize many of them, what do they refer to? I instinctively feel that being capable of making such minimal, essence only sketches is important, but I don't know why I think it's important.
Please pitch in with any thoughts you have. You never know when the right perspective will provide an epiphany for someone.