Michael is a favorite model of mine. Too many of the male models think they need to be body builders, but those stiff body types don’t lean themselves to natural poses. If you are looking to hire a model, Michael is professional and very easy to work with.
Shakespeare said “the eye is the window to the soul.” I disagree with Will, the soul is in the sole. The 52 bones in this most often concealed appendage make up 25 percent of all the bones in your body. Small but telling.
I can spot a novice artist by the size of their feet, or the lack there of. Not their feet but the ones they draw or paint are usually small flipperish afterthoughts .
When I paint the figure I try to get a foot into the composition. This is hard to accomplish in a standing pose, usually doable in a seated pose. In this painting I was able to sneak the toes into the composition by vertically compressing the torso.