Monday, February 9, 2015

Making Master Copies

After Norman Rockwell




Sargent after Velazquez
After J. C. Leyendecker
The practice of making master copies is a very old tradition. Michelangelo made copies after Masaccio, Rubens made copies of the works of Leonardo and Michelangelo, Sargent made copies after Velazquez, etc. The reasons for making these copies was so the artists could learn from those who came before them.

Taking the time to make copies after artist you admire is a great exercise allowing you to learn a little something more about a painting then you would by looking at it. They are also a lot of fun to do.
Michelangelo after Masaccio


After John Singer Sargent
On the left are some copies I've made after some artist and illustrators. On the right are copies made by Masters of the work of other Masters. The copies I made are all done in Gouache although all the paintings I've copied were done in oils.









Rubens after Caravagio





After Frank Frazetta