Friday, April 16, 2010

master copies

Master copies are an excellent way to learn mark making and line quality. These are drawings from Annibale Carracci. He was an absolute master of very sensitive figure drawings made with red chalk (as these were) and black chalk. I love the open line work and found when copying them that they sometimes followed the individual muscular forms and sometimes just went straight across multiple forms. The latter seemed to be used to create a particular value across a broad area. As a general rule it seemed the lines were delicate and sensitive always, even when they became a little thicker and darker. For both of these studies I prepared Rives BFK white paper with a wash of burnt umber water color and drew with cretacolor sanguine lead.

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