My post today is a master study in graphite of the painting Baigneuse Accroupie by William Bouguereau. I completed this for “Figure Drawing from Photos”, a class taught by Lucas Graciano at the Watts Atelier.
For me the class was an unexpected lesson on the value of master studies. The most significant lesson learned was about the value of careful observation. I've never observed anything in such a careful, focused way and I realized that this is yet another skill I need to cultivate if I want to develop artistically. And because of focused observation, I had many a-ha moments in this class, when technical advice I’d heard over and over finally began to sink in...about edge control, anatomy, modeling the form. It was a pleasure and a revelation.
My source photo was downloaded from Art Renewal Center. The basic technique was the same as described in my post on cast drawing. I completed this drawing in about 35 hours.
From my book shelf, some books I highly recommend, that touch on master studies:
- Drawing Lesson from the Great Masters by Robert Beverly Hale
- Painting Techniques of the Masters by Hereward Lester Cooke
- Classical Drawing Atelier by Juliette Aristides
- Classical Painting Atelier by Juliette Aristides
Baigneuse Accroupie after William Bouguereau, 2008, 16 x 16, graphite on bristol board