In Peter I found the perfect model....a varsity swimmer with the strength to hold this difficult pose and a schedule that allowed working long after dark in strong raking light. Done in Oil on Linen, the texture of the canvas keeps the black background from looking slick or flat. And yes, the fingers of the right hand do appear shorter than the left. Position-marks were taped in black on the velvet background, a fact his hand also discovered would steady his balance....so quirky or not we decided to keep the look. K.M.G.