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I’m Still Drawing

So I’ve been absent for a couple of months, but I’ve still been drawing a bit here and there. In late June I finished a portrait of my son.

Photo Jun 28, 8 05 43 AM

I always find children to be difficult to draw because of the rounded and less defined features. Although I wouldn’t call this drawing one of my best, I’m proud of myself for doing it, and will most likely do my other son soon.

Just for fun one day I drew hair.

Photo Jul 02, 10 05 55 PM

It was fun and relaxing to do since mistakes mean nothing when there is no face included.

Next was a figure drawing.

Photo Jul 07, 9 35 51 PM

This one was fun. I used graphite powder to cover the whole surface of the paper, then i used my mechanical eraser to erase the outline. Kneaded eraser and pencil was used for the rest of the modeling of the figure. I did this in about 90 minutes.

I’ve mentioned before that I wanted to do a master copy and most likely from a Mucha drawing. Well, I finally did one! Yay me!

Photo Aug 10, 9 27 19 PM

This is just an iphone photo so some of the details are lost. I feel like I learned a little something about creating expression and texture with simple lines. Although I may not have put as much time into this as I should have, I was happy to do it.

I hope you enjoyed this. Follow me on instagram, @nicoledrawing, where I usually do post my most recent works.

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Master Copy: To Do or Not To Do

As I’ve been studying drawing this year, I’ve learned a little bit, and I mean a little bit, about doing a Master Copy. Supposedly, by copying an old master drawing, you learn about their techniques and what it takes to draw like a master. You’re supposed to pay attention to the strokes and figure put what they process was to get the result they did. I’ve avoided doing this so far because I don’t know if I would get much out of it. I also could never quite find a master drawing that I liked in a style I want to draw in. But that recently changed. You may or may not remember my “art nouveau inspired portrait” I did a couple months back. I’ve just loved Alphonse Muchas style, and that includes his drawings.

I was browsing a used book store recently and came across this book “Drawings of Mucha”! I snatched it in a second. 

This book is like 4o years old, so I feel lucky to have found it. I’ve chosen a couple of drawings from this book that I loved and would love to try to copy, it’s just kind of daunting.

Has anyone else ever done a master copy? How did you feel about it?

Never Stop Learning

2015 has been the year of learning to improve. I began the year looking into Classical Drawing and trying out some Bargue drawings. I think because of those, I’ve ditched the “grid method”. I also bought and read the book “Lessons in Classical Drawing: Essential Techniques from Inside the Atelier” by Juliette Aristides 

This book was so great and got me excited to try drawing more than just portraits, although I haven’t tried too much yet.

Most recently I actually followed an online drawing course from a legit art school in Chicago called Vitruvian Studio. This online portrait drawing course was exactly what I’ve always wanted in a drawing course. The instructor explained things in such a way, and with real time demonstration, I had so many a-ha moments and I got so much out of it.

I have drawn a new drawing since finishing the course but I haven’t scanned/photographed it. Hopefully that happens tomorrow, but I will say that it is a redraw of a drawing I did in December to show the difference and improvements. I think there are many.

To learn about the drawing course, click here.

Two More Bargues

Have I yet mentioned how much I love doing these Bargue drawings? It’s a lot of fun. I love the simplicity of it and that I don’t feel rushed to do them. It’s almost therapeutic. I didn’t draw during the Christmas festivities and I think I realize now that I need to do a little bit of drawing every day, or at least every other day.

I finished this first one of the foot about 10 days ago. The second one I finished two nights ago.



This was my first time drawing a “nude butt”. And judging by other sources I have planned, it won’t be my last. 😉

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Classical Drawing

OK people, this may be another step in my drawing evolution. About a year ago, I heard about “classical drawing”. This is drawing from plaster casts and studying the form and mastering light and shadow. Something like that. European awesomeness. Something that would normally require a class, which I can not do at this point.

While digging around the interwebs yesterday, I discovered that before using actual casts, and eventual life drawing, there’s a course called “Bargue Drawing”. Charles Bargue, a 19th century French artist, created, basically, a huge catalog of drawings from old human casts. These drawings are used to train your eye to draw what you see. Apparently artists like Vincent van Gogh and Picasso used this method for learning to draw.

I can do this one from home! You put the reference picture drawing right next to your paper and you measure all the major points to have an exact size copy before doing all the shading.



I used 2H, HB, and 2B pencils. I used an embroidery thread as my measuring device (it’s what I had handy). It took about 2 1/2 to 3 hours to do.


Photo Dec 11, 8 26 08 AM

It was so much fun, I’m going to do another one today.

Keep drawing!