I have dozens of small figure drawings that I did while studying at the New School of Classical Art in Providence. The head instructor of the school was Dana Levin, whose work is pretty fantastic, check out her website if you get a chance (http://danalevin.com/). I plan to highlight each of these small figures individually writing about the process involved and give people insight into the models' lives as well.
This was a small sketch for a larger figure drawing that I did in charcoal. Unfortunately the large version of this images was damaged and is no longer viewable. The model was a great actress and is now currently working as a stunt-woman setting her self on fire.
I usually like to make a smaller sketch before making a large drawing. This is useful for getting a better understanding of the drawing beforehand. The mistakes you make in the small sketch will pop up again in the larger version so it is to the artists benefit to work out all of those drawing problems in the beginning.