Friday, March 30, 2007

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain - Profiles from Master Artists

The next exercises from "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" were to copy profile portraits done by any of the master artists - one of a male and one by a female. I chose to copy "Simon George of Quocote" by Hans Holbein the Younger (1543) and "Study of a Young Woman in Profile" by Leonardo da Vinci (c. 1485-7).

After starting the S. George portrait, I started to wish I hadn't picked one with facial hair and the stylized hair that Holbein had done. Still, other than the moustache, I'm fairly happy with this one.

There's something about the forehead on the female portrait I did that I'm not happy with - I think it's too vertical. And the chin isn't quite right. I could've added more detail to this, but I again gave myself a lunch hour to complete this. My shading can't compare to Leonardo's, but if I'd had longer, I might've done a better job on this one.


Tommy said...

Very nice work! Especially on the da Vinci piece.

Watch your mouths though. Note on the Holbein piece the lower lip tucks in under the upper lip a bit and the lady in the da Vinci piece has an ever so slightly less wide mouth.

I know it's nit picky, but I'm just trying to help. You're so good you're at the nit picky stage now.

Stephen said...


I really appreciate your praise and comments. I noticed the mouths but didn't bother to fix them. I don't mind the nitpicking at all - I'm going to focus on the mouths for my next drawings, since that's obviously one of my problem areas.