I thought I might post one of these. I do a preparatory sketch before every painting. This is for a painting I'm starting this week of a model I just met, Jordan, who is very cool. I usually don't like the preparatory sketches very much – they're done less for planning and accuracy, and more for letting the model settle into the form of the pose that their body naturally wants to take, and for me to get to know them and figure out the emotions of the painting in specific detail. But I thought this one turned out pretty well, so here you go.