Posted here are images of a commission I'm working on, shown in progression. I'm thrilled to be working on yet another male figure. I realize that I have always used the female figure as starting point in my work. Is it because I'm a woman and grew up in a house of 6 women? Probably! While Leonardo drew his famous Vitruvian man based on the male figure as the ideal, I've never identified with that. I'm no sexist, but I guess it's just what I know!
Funny story, but my aunt Lillian left in the care of my family a bronze reproduction of the Apollo Belvedere. It stood to the chagrin or entertainment of many visitors in front of our main bathroom toilet. Needless to say I was not entirely without exposure to the beauties of the male physique.