Master Drawing Mondays: Week 16

Study of Fanny Cornforth by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Fanny Cornforth 1859 Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828-1882, Tate Britain
Jan van Eyck, The Arnolfini Portrait, 1434
National Gallery, London

While we were in Paris, we decided to hop on the high speed train to London with the express interest in seeing the Elgin Marbles at the British Museum, the Arnolfini Wedding at the National Gallery, among other, and the Pre-Raphaelites at Tate Britain.

This line drawing of Pre-Raphaelite muse, Fanny Cornforth, by Dante Gabriel Rosetti is a splendid example of Rosetti’s style, plus good practice for precision cross-hatching.

An extremely sharp graphite pencil would be perfect for this drawing, especially the Staedtler Mars Lead Holder. Strathmore toned paper or the Canson Ingres paper would be an excellent choice. 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!

Thank you @kipic.dusan

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

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