- Botticelli has conceived simple masses for each of the parts of the body.
- He's given general lighting characteristics to show the forms of those masses.
- He then went over the body with drapery to reinforce more of the form.
- The drapery also gives excitement or a bit of "dance" to the drawing - emphasizing what he wants to capture.
- He does this without the aid of a model.
- He does all of this consistently - to masterful effect.
Seeing drawings like those in this book, reading Hale talk about hard work, knowledge and perseverance, well, it all just makes me think da Vinci's thoughts after him...namely, that the best artist is the scientist who fully knows and understands all the parts and whole of his subject and that I want to be that scientist/artist.