Copying others’ work is one of the oldest approaches to developing one’s own skills as an artist. Below are some of my own attempts at copying others’ work.
For notes on the experience of copying a given work, please click on the category, “Copy.”
For the above, I relied on carbon copies, which felt a bit like cheating… On the other hand, I still had to think about the quality of each line and the overall “gesture” or effect which the original had on me and which I wanted my version to have on myself and others.
I copied the above by eye, which I think is one step away from drawing something in person… eh, as long as your subject isn’t moving…
I drew the above using a grid, which I guess is one of those steps between relying on carbon copies and drawing something by eye. I’m sure there are other ways of getting the job done, but so far, these are the only ones I’ve relied on.