This post is the culmination of an exercise in which I copied a sargent portrait drawing. The first postwas primarily concerned with laying out and measuring, picking out some anchor points and getting them established. Thesecond post continued with the laying out in two dimensions, establishing the main shapes. In thethird post I developed the
This is the third post in a series devoted to a copy of a Sargent portrait drawing. This is more than an exercise in copying,however. Whilst I do hope to finish with a good copy of the portrait, I’m not looking for an exact copy, mark for mark.In fact, I’m much more interested in the
In the last post of this series, I’d set up the easel (and then drivelled on at some length as usual),put in my central line and madethe first few marks, establishing the main points of the head along the centre line. Now I can start to establish the size andoverall shape of the head. The
This is the first in a series of posts which will go through my current approach to copying a portrait drawing. I’m doing it in theform of an exercise, which I hope will be useful to people, and so I’ll be going into some detail as I go through it -even more than usual. Thelimitations
click for enlargementI chose this drawing to copy because of it’s quality of line. I’m spending alot of time with lineat the moment. And also because it’s a beautiful drawing, Sargent had talent coming out of his ears. Two other things this drawing had going for it: Firstly, the print I worked from was actual
This drawing is finished now, after another 5 hours on top of the original 10, so I spent a total of around 15 hours on it. Actually I’m not sure you could ever say a drawing like this is really finished, unless it’s an absolutely exact copy, which seems to me to be an impossibility.
30th November 2005 Click here for an enlargement Right brain upside down old masters. Clockwise from top left on first drawing:Fragonard, Rubens, Rembrandt, John Singer-Sargent, Raphael Sanzio. These were all copied upside down, trying to develop right-brain,spatial perception. The ones which look right way up are actuallyupside-down. back to Old Master Copies
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