Thought I'd post a couple of sketches while I was thinking about it.  These are from the last figure drawing class I taught before Xmas break.  I demo'ed that day (let myself draw) and focused on portraits of 2 awesome student models that I borrowed from other conservatories.  This guy above is named Mars.  Appropriate!  The guy below is Dmitri.  I couldn't help feeling like Dmitri came straight from the woodland realm of Mirkwood!  (The Hobbit on my brain)  Thankfully, Dmitri was pleased when I told him he looked like a Tolkien elf extra :)  Both portraits were done with conte' crayon in about an hour (each).