Rubens copy

4/21/2010 10:07:00 AM Posted In , Edit This 12 Comments »
Meet Susanne Fourment (sister of Helene Fourment (1599 - 1643).   Now you know as much about her as I do.  I plan on trying to find out a bit more about her, but for now, she's serving as the reference for my most recent attempt at copying drawings of the Masters.  As you can see, I've only just begun, after several days of busyness and being away from home. 

I can already see that this drawing is off - her head is too straight.  I haven't decided yet if it's so early in the game that I might just scrap this one and start over.  Or, I may continue, knowing that it is flawed, and then attempt it again another time.  So, anyway, here's the original, followed by my beginning (as if you couldn't tell which was which!). 



12 comments:

Rowena said...

I love your artistic efforts, even if they aren't exactly like the reference. There is so much to learn from doing copies like this, and it is more about the process than the result, but even so, the result is awesome, and it's your own. Don't be so worried about perfection. Enjoy what you've got there on the page.

And I do indeed live walking distance from both Zou Zou's and the Common Grill. It is a lovely town.

arlene said...

Hi Nancy....looking forward to seeing how this one goes - can't see anything yet tho - well very faint eyes are coming out of the mist - but MY eyes aren't the best .......
hugs
arlene

freebird said...

It is straight on the paper! But what if you trim the paper to the right angle? If she's okay then I'd just keep going. It's not whether she matches the paper edges that matters but whether all her parts match the right angles together.

Art is for the Making said...

Ohhh...this is coming along nicely. Keep on!

Alex said...

Looking good already! You always love teasing your followers with awesome WIP of the masters like this ^^
Anyway, yeah my bad wrist. My sister(who's a doctor) told me that I could ice it when I felt the pain, but after so long I should be using heating pads instead.. I simply don't understand. Anyway, I just hope it's not that serious, at least my sister doesn't think so =)

AutumnLeaves said...

She is beautiful (gorgeous eyes!) and I think your start is fine!

travelingsuep said...

Sorry for delay commentating, bloglines is down and I only just visited edm group.

Don't scrap it, you've made a great start.

I think if you redraw the chin (move to right and slightly less prominant) and the right eye needs enlarging and raising. The corner of the eye appears to line up with the pupal/lashes of other one. You will have the composition correct.

However, as freebird said, it doesn't really matter if it is exactly the same, afterall you want your interpretation of the picture not a forgery, don't you?

kazumiwannabe said...

She seems to have some personality. Nice beginning! Love your Einstein portrait, below. His humor and kindness show, and he really lives through your portrait.

Ann said...

You don't choose the easy ones, do you! This looks like a good start to me. I also like the Einstein portrait below.

raena said...

I can barely make out your drawing, but maybe it's my monitor. The eyes look like a great start though! Can't wait to see the progress on this one; she is so beautiful! Oh, and welcome back!

Ramona Davidson said...

Interesting picture you have chosen to draw. I will watch your work with interest. Good start.

Krista Meister said...

Ok, this made me laugh:

"Meet Susanne Fourment (sister of Helene Fourment (1599 - 1643). Now you know as much about her as I do."

You're off to a great start!