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.
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
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.