" I looked at the drawing of the Old Masters from the point if view of learning what drawing was."- By Henry Moore
Copying a Master Drawing to Improve Drawing Skills
Two days a week, I travel to Tech University to a anatomy advanced drawing class that I am taking, and work among student half my age (the teacher is my age, and I like her).
The classes are 3 1/2 hours long each session, and we mostly stand on concrete floors next to our easels working the whole time. Towards the end of the third hour my feet feel like a couple of match sticks on fire, and I keep sipping on soda hoping to keep my energy up. I’m having a wonderful time!
One of our weekly homework assignments besides drawing anatomy parts and other work, is to copying a master drawing.
To find material to work from, I went to the university library and found a whole row of book shelves of master drawings. It was better than the Wal-Mart Halloween candy isle.
The idea of copying a master drawing is to learn about other artist’s style and drawing methods. Also improves one’s drawing skills.
The artist I chose for this week was Harry I. Stickroth.
A portrait painter and muralist, Harry Stickroth did mural decorations for the Cunard Building in New York City and at the time of his death from strep throat was a teacher at the Art Institute of Chicago. He studied at the American Academy in Rome where he won the Prix de Rome, and at the Lazurus School for mural painting.
When I copied this master’s drawing I wondered about the artist, but mostly about the person in his drawing.
- Why did the artist choose this person to draw?
- What kind of person was he?
- What was his life like?
Harry Stickroth’s artwork is absolutely beautiful.
This is my copy/drawing from Stickroth’s work.
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Debra Snyder Heard