Monday, November 28, 2016

Studying Sullivant

I did these sketches based on T.S. Sullivant's illustrations a few years ago. When a particular artist fascinates you, it's a good idea to take a closer look and analyze why the stuff looks so amazing.
By re-drawing, not tracing, you can absorb the unique line work, shapes, rhythm, forms, and proportions in a way that makes you think. Maybe there is something there that you can incorporate into your own work. It's not a question of wanting to draw like this artist, but instead letting yourself be inspired.
I applied this method to Heinrich Kley, Albert Uderzo and others. 
Some people call this: Standing on the shoulders of Giants.

Here is the link to my first Sullivant post, many more followed:


  1. Lovely work! I'd like to do that one day. Just absorb the way someone draws. but I'm not good enough at drawing. I feel like I need to master drawing before I can do this.

    1. Monkey JUMP, that "one day" is today. This is exactly the exercise that will help you get good enough at a faster rate.

  2. I've done this myself; some recently, but mostly when I was younger, which helped set me on the way to drawing for myself. (Hint hint, Monkey!)

    Some people might also call it: master studies. If such a thing applies to drawings as well as paintings. In any case the master featured here is an excellent choice, and the studies masterfully done. ;)

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