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Copying the Masters

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Camera Canon Canon IXUS 220HS
Exposure Time 1/30
F-Stop 2.7
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Diana and Actaeon

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Figure Anatomy for the Artist taught by Roberto Osti

Conquer the complexities of figure drawing with the indispensable system of line, shape and form used by da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo!

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Category Drawing
Type Drawing
Subject Figure
Material Graphite
Style Realist
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Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. Here we have a copy of a Johann Rottenhammer drawing from an old auction catalogue (a well know composition according to the catalogue blurb). A couple of pages of copies of Harry Carmean sketches. Plus some example figure efforts of my own drawn from imagination.

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Nice works, the proportions between the various parts of the body are nice, blocking in the shadow mass is a very nice touch and very efficaciously adds volume to the figures. The lines in your drawings are very fluid and tell of a good hand- eye coordination. I am glad you are taking inspiration from the works of the masters, we all have a lot to learn from them. Your work might benefit from differentiating the thickness of the line and also think and draw with an eye toward the volumes. I prepared a few quick sketches that I am posting so you can see what I mean, I hope the drawings are clear, if not , please do not hesitate to ask for more elaboration on the theme, the title of these sketches is "Line".

02/07/2014 Flag

Thank you for the kind words. The 2nd and 3rd pictures are copies of sketches done by the artist Harry Carmean. These particular drawings that I've copied are more of a sketch like nature rather than one of his more finished drawing. The fluidity of lines and the block shading are really down to him (he has a nice way of defining the edge of the shadow with just a little jagged squiggle). The last picture are some of my attempts to imitate this style of drawing but creating the figures out my head. You can see that they are less fluid and much more amateurish. Anyway I'm looking forward to seeing what you have uploaded. Thank you again regards J

02/09/2014 Flag

I posted the images about "Line" a few days ago but they did not show up in "Projects" yet, I will try again and try to figure out what happened, sorry for the delay, Best Roberto

02/10/2014 Flag

Yes I found them yesterday using the search facility. They don't seem to be linked directly to the lesson like other stuff you posted. Cheers J

02/11/2014 Flag

The 5th picture is a copy of Nessus and Deianira with a satyr and another figure by Giovanni Domanico Tiepolo (Search for 472924 Tiepolo to see the original). I like Tiepolos causal fluid style that he achieves with pen and brown ink, I've tried to imitate the style by smudging the graphite.

02/14/2014 Flag

That is pretty good!

02/16/2014 Flag

Thanks :)

02/18/2014 Flag