Jessica Russo Scherr

Art Education

Master Portrait Copy

Medium: Pencil


Draw a copy of a portrait done by any great master prior to 1900.  You may zoom into the face of the person in the portrait.

Some of the masters may include, but not be limited to, Rembrandt, Velazquez, Van Dyke, or Ingres. Look in Art History books or online and find a portrait with which you "connect". If you are excited about the portrait you are copying, it will come through in your drawing. Zoom in on your subject and focus on the facial details. You do not need to recreate the entire artwork but it should include at least a shaded background. Please do this from observation rather than tracing major lines of the portrait.

Just about every example is from a former student of mine.  Many thanks to them for all of their time and dedication.

How to earn a good grade on your homework

Follow the criteria presented in class and on the website.

Homework  assignments will take between 1 and 3 hours to complete.

All homework should be completed in your journal unless specified otherwise (not printer paper).

Fill the A4 Page of your journal.

Include a background when applicable.

Shade using a full range of values using a drawing pencil unless specified otherwise.

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