Master copies have been completed by artists for years, and they are a great way to build dexterity and accuracy before moving into drawing from observation.
In class, we started with Picasso's drawing of Igor Stravinsky. See below, and follow the link for a copy of the reference.
- How do I draw a nose?
- How do I draw hands?
- How do I draw wrinkles?
When we look at the drawing as LINES, we find that lines are much easier to deal with. Lines have four qualities:
When you approach the drawing with these line qualities in mind, you will find much easier questions:
- How long is this line?
- Is this line curved?
- How much?
- What angle does this line travel?
- Where is this line placed on the page?
When you ask yourself these questions, you will find that while the drawing is still challenging to complete, it is much more approachable. Kind of like Dorothy pulling back the curtain in the Wizard of Oz. You were given a choice of three different drawings to complete for your final Master Copy. Links for each of the drawings may be found below, as well as a copy of the Rubric.
SEATED WOMAN by Egon Schiele
HORSE AND RIDER
BATMAN by Adam Kubert