I found a site, sketchdaily, http://reference.sketchdaily.net/en, that has figure poses action/passive, or clothed/nude, you pretty much dial in what you want. I want to get better at figures and really I haven't drawn a lot of men, so thought this would give me some needed practice. Since I wanted to get better at fabrics I saw these two shots (see below) and thought I would give them a whirl. As I got to looking at them the first thing I thought was 1920-1930s and gangsters. The girl I thought could be turned into a perfect flapper with just a few touches. Then because I thought they might work well together I needed some way to tie them together and so tried to bring in the feeling of a speakeasy.
I started the concept on an 18'x22" canvas board just working with the background and acrylic, and really, just got nowhere. I had to size down the original figures and then I couldn’t seem to get them placed with background that I really wanted. This is 22"x16" of watercolor paper and the figures are in acrylics with the background primarily pan pastels. I put in the skin tones really dark and was concerned it might be too dark, but once the background was in place I think the tones work well. I did make the girls face a bit lighter as I wanted her to be the primary focal point and thought that the guy works fine as the diagonal of his arm points to the girl - so I didn't feel he detracted too much.
Oh, yeah, isn't this just the ugliest tie?