Master Drawing Mondays: Week 4

Jacopo Pontormo

Jacopo Pontormo, “Study for Vertumnus and Pomona,” 1519 Uffizi, Florence

This was one of the first Master Drawings I ever copied. It’s a beautiful study of a man in a seated position. I love how you can see where Pontormo moved his lines to another spot. It really gives the drawing movement and kinetic energy.

This drawing is not on the Uffizi Gallery website, but the resolution on this image may be good enough. Also, if you have “Old Master Life Drawings” by the Dover Art Library, it can be found on page 17.

In this drawing, he used black chalk on a toned paper. 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.


  1. Ashley Poindexter-Tarmy on January 23, 2023 at 4:17 pm


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