A teacher asked me if I used comparative measurements to check my proportions during my last year at The Florence Academy of Art. I thought using sight-size was enough. He asked how I was going to paint if I couldn't use sight-size after I left the school. I was speechless. The thought never occurred to me. The idea of not moving seamlessly from The Florence Academy of Art to a controlled north-lit studio (with a studio mate, of course, I'm not a dreamer) never crossed my mind. That critique was over 8 years ago and looking back I can confidently say that was a solid question. I believe my work is stronger when I'm able to use the sight-size method but when that is not possible it's also important for me to paint no matter what. Here are some studies from last month.