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05 May 2006, 06:09 PM
Master Copy Resources

Why do Master Copies?

I frequently recommend that people do Master Copies ~ it's a great way to learn the figure efficiently. Doing Master Copies using a new software package also helps you to learn the software package quickly.

I strongly believe that doing Master Copies is one of the best ways to learn the figure. The difference between drawing from Master Drawings and drawing from regular photographic reference is enormous. Why? Because with Master Drawings, the form has already been interpreted in terms of lines, and copying for example several works by the same master (good examples are Michelangelo, Raphael, and Rubens) you can quickly pick up their vocabulary of terms, which are often repeated. Once you start to pick up this vocabulary by doing MANY master copies, you start to use it consciously and subconsciously in your own work.

I recommend setting a goal for doing a certain number of Master Copies per week ~ 5 optimally, but it depends on the amount of time you have. The main point is to do MANY of them, as the more you draw, the better you will become.

Master Copy Resource Links:

All are welcome to join in this ongoing Workshop in which some terrific work by beginning, intermediate, and advanced artists has been produced ~ set a time limit for yourself of one month if you weren't able to participate from the beginning!:

Anatomy Lesson Series: Body Part 1 - The Head (
Anatomy Lesson Series: Body Part 2 - The Torso (

For inspiration:
SPOTLIGHT: Best of Master Copies - Year 1 (

Lots of great Anatomy books:
Anatomy Resources : BOOKS (

A great book for Anatomy:
"Artistic Anatomy", by Dr. Paul Richer - Watson Guptill, publisher (

Great books to copy from:
Entire Master Draughtsman Series of Paperback Books: (
Great books because they are cheap, light, and great for copying from, as you will not be concerned about destroying the book ~ they are really instructional devices, more than anything else.

Free online art resources:
Web Gallery of Art (

ArtRenewal (

Atlas of Human Anatomy (

Drawings of Leonardo DaVinci ( (

Links to Anatomy Resources:
Reference for Anatomical and Figurative Art (


Please feel free to refer people to this thread, it helps me out! :)

If you have a useful link, please post it and I will add the best links to the master list.



05 May 2006, 06:14 PM
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05 May 2006, 05:41 PM
I never saw the reasoning behind copying the Masters works. But the more I think about its uses the more I see how useful it is. I particularly like Da Vinci's work, does he have plenty of drawn studies for me to make use of? If not, which one of the Great Masters have plenty of these kinds of studies?

Thanks for the info

05 May 2006, 07:34 PM

There are lots of resources on DaVinci here:

Search for Da Vinci (or any other artist).

You can also search the database here:

Here are the search results for DaVinci:

(Scroll to the bottom of the page, there are several pages of Da Vinci's images).


Other artists I would encourage you to copy are:

Michelangelo, Raphael, Pontormo, and Rubens. I think artists from the High Renaissance, such as Michelangelo, Raphael, Pontormo, and many others, are the best to start out with. I have a personal fondness for the work of Rubens. :)



05 May 2006, 09:24 PM
Thanks for those useful links :D

I got access to my college Library where I have seen some books of Rubens, I will check him out, along with the other ofcourse.

05 May 2010, 07:46 AM
ok Risk then tell us ur comments about them

01 January 2014, 12:34 PM
great great links and ideas
i have been teaching myself drawing for the past couple of years
lots of sketching for training and observing a lot of artists is a must
thanks for this library rebeca
i use this website frequently to practice figure drawing
cheers omar