I have had feeling for a long time that I needed to work on some fundamental art skill if I was going to be able move forward as an artist. So, I began at the beginning of classical art training. One of the first things a student engaged in a classical art training program is tasked with is copying what is known as Bargue drawings. The originals were assembled by Charles Bargue in the 1800s and constitute a progression in skill development for an art student.. There are about 197 of the mostly human figure drawings, with the first ones being less complicated and the latter ones requiring a more sophisticated set of skills. In the 1800s, art students would spend a year or more copying and drawing from these masters. I doubt these days that anyone even draws half of them.
Here is my first completed Bargue.
Happy enough with it, but, still improvements to be made. Stay tuned to see where this goes.