Drawing from the Masters

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While in Montana I drew from “drawings from the masters”- from one of Robert Beverly Hale’s texts. These are about finding anatomical structure- where a tendon inserts near a joint, how the shoulder girdle moves and layered muscles expose- they are exercises in drawing by knowledge first and observation second.
Hale explains that many of the original drawings are done without models- there are so many subtle cues of gestural weight and balance, foreshortening- and that there is no one alive today who has their kind of ability. “They” being, not the elder race from Atlantis, but rather everyday fellahs like Michelangelo, Raphael, Tintonetto, and Rubens (in this group of drawings).  

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