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: Learning from the masters.

07-13-2015, 06:08 PM
I think it's extremely important to learn from the best. From just studying and copying their work you can learn so much.

As a few of you may know, I like to draw after Rubens and Michelangelo. They not only mastered the human form, but made complex poses seem like effortless feats of their imagination. Here is a recent study I did of the Battle of Cascina by Michelangelo.

07-13-2015, 06:53 PM
The picture is good but I really wonder if the men from the middle-ages were really that masculine -- I mean all those muscles make for great art but if I came across someone that really looked like that I would think it is kind of creepy.

07-13-2015, 07:00 PM
Even though he used life models, Michelangelo drew what he thought the perfect figure was. It was a theme among artists in that time to show-off their knowledge of human anatomy, so they would have chosen muscular models for their drawings. Also, the re-discovery of Greek sculpture heavily influenced the way they saw beauty. The Greeks were very fond of the human form.