Copy after Anders Zorn’s portrait of Ols Maria that I did during my digital illustration class as a demo for my student. I can’t say often enough how much doing master copies of works I respect has improved my skills. I think that it may be one, if not THE, fastest way to improve your skills. There are different types of copies that will teach you different things. Relatively fast ones, like this are great for understanding the basic tonalities, colors, and design of an artist.
Try doing a series of one hour master copies. Pick ten works you love and over the next ten days paint each of them for an hour. Tag me @myartprofessor in your instagram posts or link them in the comments below. Tell me what you’ve learned!