Master Drawing Mondays: Week 12

Tête de satyre by Michelangelo Buonarroti

Buonarroti, Michelangelo, Musée du Louvre, Département des Arts graphiques

Since I have Paris on my mind, here is a fascinating portrait by Michelangelo found in the Louvre’s collection. Michelangelo used brown ink for this drawing.

You could use brown ink with a quill pen, but I also love the Sakura Pigma Micron Pens in brown or sepia. I had toned my own paper before using tea or coffee grounds or a cool antique look. Otherwise, the Strathmore toned paper or the Canson Ingres paper would be perfect for this drawing. However, if you like to keep your drawings in a notebook, no special paper is needed for Master Drawing Mondays.

The key principle here is to spend time looking closely and studying the quality of line of an old Master Drawing.

Wait… I missed what all of this is about!

The challenge of Master Drawing Mondays is to set aside time to copy a drawing. You can either choose from a book, or I will provide a weekly prompt from a museum collection. If you are on social media, use the hashtag #MasterDrawingMonday and tag me on Instagram @SarahHI. Let’s see how many out-of-practice artists we can encourage to take up a regular practice of copying the old masters!

Share your drawings on social media, or hang it on your mom’s fridge!


#MasterDrawing Mondays is free and open to anyone. All of the links on this page are to outside sources. I do not receive compensation for any sales of books or art supplies.


A figurative sculptor for over 20 years, Sarah tells monumental stories in clay, bronze, and stone.

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