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Ecorche Drawings:Master Copies

Ecorche after Prud'hon, 8.5 x 11 inches

graphite pencil on mylar

One of the reasons I decided to take Andrew Ameral's anatomy/ecorche class is I hoped it would help me learn to draw from my imagination. The drawings here are my pencil copies from Prud'hon academies, but I drew the bones on trace paper overlay completely without reference.

Ecorche after Prud'hon, 8.5 x 11 inches

graphite pencil on mylar

Not that these bones are perfectly correct, but I could never do anything like that before.

I am almost done with my clay skeleton and this week as a class we will be moving on to the muscles. I'll be posting photos of my skeleton soon.

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Reader Comments (5)

Wow! I love these.

April 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichael dean Springer


April 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterloriann

sketching i used to think was a means to an end but recently another artist stated that it is an art in itself. i have been doing drawings in between painting to develop my eye and because i thought if i can't sketch well, i can't be a 'proper artist'. what are your thoughts if any on this?

April 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrahina q.h.

Awesome. I remember one of our teachers expected us to be able to just draw in all the bones instantly and without any effort...ha!
Where (what book?) did you find the master drawings to copy from?

April 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJala Pfaff

Jala the book is "Language of the Body", a nice collection of drawings by Prud'hon. The book is expensive, though, you can probably find some of the drawings online just by searching Google images....

Rahina I always advocate drawing as much as possible as often as possible - but as for being a "proper artist", trying to meet any definition of a proper artist will probably make us feel inadequate, and most artists are experts at finding ways to feel inadequate!!

I say the best way to be a "real artist" is simply to investigate passionately whatever deeply interests you :)))

April 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSadie J. Valeri
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