What I Learned from Master Copying - Offering to Venus
I recently finished a master copy of John William Godward’s painting, Offering to Venus. This was my first ever attempt at copying a masterwork and it’s proven to be a most enlightening experience! Many thanks to Sam Hogg for her suggestion to try this exercise and her tutorials on the matter.
See a step by step with detailed notes at WiPnation.
Why Do This?Why would someone drive themselves insane this way, you ask? For me, I did this exercise to prime myself for another painting which I had hit a dead end with. I wanted skin glow, gorgeous roses, a classical painterly feel, and translucent material, but it all seemed flat and plastic no matter what I did with it. I needed some time away from the piece to figure out how this was done.
The ‘other’ painting, a reinterpretation of the cover ofKushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey.
That’s when I came upon John William Godward’s Offering to Venus. This painting had everything I wanted in my own - glowing soft skin, roses, sheer cloth, and a classical feel…
Read on at the full blog post.