Most of today was spent taking reference photos for our paintings. Yesterday in my critique group, Julie Bell told me that I needed to stop making thumbnails (since I had a good one) and go straight to the photoshoot, because I had a complicated pose that couldn't really be conceptualized without reference photos. The students and faculty here are wonderful about posing for references. I posed for three valkyries, two Daeneryses, and one Titania. (Norse stuff, Game of Thrones, and A Midsummer Night's Dream are all among this year's illustration assignments.)
I found two amazing models for Thor and Loki! We shot the photos outside because the sky was nicely overcast, what Dan Dos Santos called "perfect Bouguereau lighting," which is exactly what I want for this painting.
I associate Bouguereau with soft, graceful paintings of angels, children, and Madonnas. However, on a Google search for more of his art, I found this:
Look at the muscles! This is a scene from Dante's Inferno. Dante and Virgil are standing in the background, watching.
Now that I have my photo references, back to sketching.