Friday, February 26, 2010

Prep Drawing

I love preparatory drawings as studies for paintings. I love seeing them. I love making them. I once was commissioned for a set of murals where I made over two hundred prep drawings of the figures.

The figure above is a beautiful prep drawing by Gilbert White for his fresco at the Agriculture Building in Washington DC in the 1920s.


Artman2112 said...

i agree! sometimes the studies are more enjoyable than the finished paintings too! Leighton and Draper are 2 that come to mind that did incredible prep drawings, masterpieces in their own right.

200 though, yikes!!!

Thomas Haller Buchanan said...

All 200 drawings had historical details and I had to present them to and have them approved by professors at UCLA. Talk about yikes.

Larry MacDougall said...

Very beautiful. There is a part of me that thinks, there is nothing more to say once you have taken a drawing this far. I'm sure the mural is fabulous but the drawing seems to say it all - for me anyway.