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November 9, 2017
Master Copies

Bouguereau Studies

A couple of times of week I draw something academic to keep my skills sharp. As a refresher I made a couple of Bougeureau master copies. Each one was 30 minutes long. I’ve also been working my way through “Constructive Anatomy” by George Bridgeman. I’ve been staying on heads and faces for the last month.

Bridgeman 1

Studies from “Constructive Anatomy”

I’ve been drawing faces for years but every time I sit down to study I discover something new. It’s the subtle forms in faces that add more 3 dimensional form and take the drawing up another level. I like to study from artists whose work has qualities I admire. While I’m study facial construction from the Bridgeman’s book, I study classical artists for context. Drawing face planes is useful but I don’t want to lose the subtlety of a real human portrait. During these study sessions, I also draw from photos, life, and memory just to make sure I’m learning it.

Bridgeman 2

Drawings based off the Bridgeman method

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