Master Drawing Mondays: Week 5

Leonardo da Vinci

Léonard de Vinci, Tête de femme presque de profil
Musée du Louvre
Disputed attribution to Leonardo da Vinci, c. 1490
Tempera on canvas (transferred from panel)
Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg

This is a tender portrait by Leonardo da Vinci is one of my favorites. Supposedly this study was done in preparation for the ‘Madone Litta,’ now hanging at the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg.

This drawing was likely done with silver point on a toned paper. I will be using my ever-sharp Staedtler Mars Technico Lead Holder instead of a silverpoint for this one.

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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