Pose your model in a reclining pose … Use strong lighting from one major light source … Focus on tone and explore the subject’s pictorial possibilities.
I tried a number of poses based on famous paintings including Ingres’ Grande Odalisque:
This just looked wrong. Sandra’s left leg did sink a little into the chaise longue but it just wasn’t right. In addition, Sandra found the pose very uncomfortable.
I therefore settled on a pose based on Manet’s Olympia.
Final Assignment Piece in Charcoal