This cast drawing of Aurora, originally by Michelangelo was completed over several weeks in Autumn 2015 in chalk and charcoal on grey Fabriano Roma paper. The cast presented a number of challenges, foremost among them being to convey the backwards tilt of the cast. Creating the foreshortened effect required careful use of value in order to keep the focus on the near part of the face (the nose and mouth).
The face itself is highly idealised and smooth - but I managed to create interest by capturing some of the subtle textures of the paster around the jaw and within the headdress.
Ben Laughton Smith
Aspiring artist, training in the classical tradition.