Why to practice whith clay plaster figures

When you use clay plaster as reference, everithing is reduced to form and light. Sometimes, the skin colour, freckles, spots, blushing or redness, incipient facial hair and, mainly, makeup, can misguide a beginner using photoreference or drawing from natural.

It’s especially useful to learn the diferent kind of edges that light creates upon form and then translate this knowledge to portraits of real people. Sharp or hard edges when a sudden change of plane occurs or soft and undefined edges when softly rounded forms turn away.

I’ve done a few drawings using plaster clay “bustos” as reference. I’m going to stuck to it for a few days more. My proportions and possitioning are getting better but i’m far from a good and consistent rendering.