The web has a bunch of “drawing challenges” going where people offer subjects to draw which are afterwards anthologized in a blog. One such challenge that I recently stumbled upon is Sheila Thorton’s Old Master Copy Project. Since I used to do a lot of copying of paintings at the National Gallery of Art, I couldn’t resist this challenge. This month she has two images, one of which is Vermeer’s Girl with the Pearl Earring.
The deadline for this challenge ends January 1, so better draw/paint fast! (The other image she chose is Durer’s drawing of his mother.)
These things that people do to motivate themselves and others, to make art in this instance, in my opinion, is one of the neatest, finest aspects of the Internet. A whole lot of drawing is going on under the radar screen.
Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? Let one of them be to draw! Or if not that, since drawing isn’t for everybody, then buy art!
I made my version of Vermeer’s idea using Caran d’ache oil pastels on Canson mi-teinte paper (dark grey).
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