This week our homework theme was "Greek myths." One of my favorite Greek myth characters has always been the Oracle. I don't know why, she just seems so mysterious and special and awesome.
I came up with this composition where most of her body is in the light, but her face is in shadow. I drew a quick little thumbnail.
I knew that getting a photo reference would help a lot for this. The only tricky part would be finding a place with such strong light. Luckily it was a sunny day. I wrapped myself in a sari in a vaguely Greek/Roman manner, grabbed a shiny popcorn bowl and a dining room chair, and dragged my ever-patient husband out to the carport to take some pictures.
I was a little nervous about neighbors watching us, but luckily it was the middle of a weekday so no one was around.