Day #068 – Mark Gertler Self-Portrait Copy

My mum sent me this postcard (a drawing by the artist Mark Gertler) partly as inspiration for this project. I’ve heard from a few places now that a good exercise is to copy the drawings of masters so I went ahead and gave it a go.

I’m actually pretty pleased with this one. In particular I’m happy with how the proportions of everything are. It’s all pretty close to the original. Perhaps more so than any previous thing I’ve copied. My shading is a lot more haphazard but then again it’s Gertler’s line work here that makes him a master. So perfect!

I do think the process of copying a drawing (from somebody with a lot of skill) is definitely useful. You can see how they made their marks for maximum realism, often with minimum (apparent) effort. It’s quite beautiful really. I had a similar feeling when I was copying Da Vinci’s skull. Just incredible skill with the pencil combined with a perfect ‘eye’ for what he was drawing.

Pencil Drawing of Mark Gertler's Original Self-Portrait


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6 Responses to “Day #068 – Mark Gertler Self-Portrait Copy”

  1. Tom says:

    I’m following you! Thought I’d try my hand at the same picture. I prefer your depth of tone and proportions.

  2. Really enjoying these especially since its a quest to draw every day. My brother and I are doing something similar and drawing comics every day. Drawing is definitely a great way to tap into self-expression and release inner creative powers.

    • Davy says:

      That’s awesome! Are you posting your comics online as you go? Would like to see them if you are!

      • We’ve been putting our comics on You Know Funny. My brother and I definitely have two distinct styles. I tend to think that his drawings are more ‘comic’ while mine are more realistic. Cheers to the drawings and keep up the good work!

        • Davy says:

          That’s awesome stuff man. I laughed at several of them. I’d like to do some stuff like that in the future. Keep it up!

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