Exercise; Draw classical figure sculptures

This was an interesting exercise. My drawing skills are very limited to say the least, so I decided to trace the figures. I started with old fashioned tracing paper on blown up copies of photos I had taken of statues at the British Museum. This was OK but then I had the idea of using Photoshop and a graphics tablet, I created an extra layer in Photoshop then traced the outline of the sculpture using the pen and brush (and eraser!) tools.

I liked this exercise, it made me look more closely at the lines of the sculpture and to appreciate the great skill in achieving the facial expressions and sense of movement.

I chose the statue of Lely’s Venus to develop further by doing extra drawings of the statue from different angles.

The original photos and my drawings can be seen in the following document Statue Drawings

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