Michelangelo and Durer Drawings
As an early teen, I used to go down to our local library which was not very large and by todays' standards it was very small. But they had a marvellous collection of drawing books by "the Old Masters" notably my favourite at that time was Michaelangelo.
One of his drawings I copied many times was his "Study of Youth" done in chalk. He used chalk in many ways like so many of these Italian Masters. A technique of his you can master is using tiny strokes fused at a distance to create a delicate shimmering effect which is difficult to reproduce.
In other works he adopts a more painterly effect with his chalk; see his "compositional Study for a Deposition" this was around 1550 AD.
Next came Albrecht Durer as a favourite (see how fickle teenagers can be?) who was a master of pen and ink drawings. It was his magic use of lines that captured my attention. In his drawing "Two Women with Mirrors"he used a "silverpoint" medium which was one of the oldest use of this drawing medium. This is closely related to etching. His grouping of lines produced all the tonal effects. Also a great way to practice your drawing techniques.
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