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How to Study Masters – Draftsmen S2E17

August 11, 20200 Comments

In this episode, Stan and Marshall discuss studying from masters. You’ll learn the difference between a master study and a copy, how beginners should approach studying masters, the artists that Stan and Marshall have done studies from and lessons they learned from them, a breakdown of the creative process, and how to figure out which artists are worth studying. Want to learn more? Court Jones from the Caricature course produced a couple lessons on master studies that are worth checking out. You can find them in the show notes below.

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References and books

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Stan’s “Brothers” Painting
Developing Your Style by Studying the Masters
Improving Your Style With a Master Study
Drawing Lessons from the Great Masters by Robert Beverly Hale
Norman Rockwell: Behind The Camera by Ron Schick
My Adventures as an Illustrator: Norman Rockwell
Rockwell on Rockwell: How I Make a Picture
Rendering in Pen and Ink by Arthur Guptill
How Artists Grow Over Time (ft. Cesar Santos)
Sketchbook Tour with Cesar Santos – How to Become a Living Master
How to be a Good Student
Adopting Art Parents to Develop Your Style
Jon Gnagy Learn How to Draw
Andrew Loomis

Referenced Artists:

Stan’s Master Studies

stan prokopenko master studies paintings

Marshall’s Ink Sketches

marshall vandruff ink horse


michelangelo drawing and painting


rembrandt the 20 death of sketching

Nicolai Fechin

nicolai fechin paintings

Howard Terpning

howard terpning horse painting

Tucker Smith

tucker smith moose at dean lake painting

Morgan Weistling

morgan weistling paintings

J. C. Leyendecker

j c leyendecker paintings

Norman Rockwell

norman rockwell paintings and references

Gustave Doré

gustave doré drawing

John Singer Sargent

john singer sargent mrs fiske warren painting

Joaquín Sorolla

joaquín sorolla paintings

Mary Cassatt

mary cassatt painting

Franklin Booth

franklin booth artwork

Heinrich Kley

heinrich kley sketches artwork

Gerald Scarfe

gerald scarfe artwork

Claire Wendling

claire wendling artwork

Winsor McCay


George Herriman

george herriman comic

George Bridgman

george bridgman head

Bernie Wrightson

bernie wrightson frankenstein artwork

Albrecht Dürer

albrecht dürer artwork

Scott Robertson

scott robertson sketches artwork

Feng Zhu

feng zhu artwork

Jeff Watts

jeff watts drawings artwork

Howard Pyle

howard pyle paintings

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