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Old Master Atelier: Sculpture Photo Reference Online


In olden days students were not allowed to draw from live models until they paid their dues drawing sculptures and plaster casts of sculptures.

It's still a great way to learn. You can try drawing from scuplture photos available online, for practice. The photographs usually have strong side lighting to bring out the relief, which helps you establish form.

Mix it up by drawing non-Western art in addition to classical ancient Greek and Roman art.

Stretch your brain by printing out an example, turning it upside down, and drawing.


Getty Classical Collections

Metropolitan Museum Classical Collections

British Museum

Art Institute of Chicago Ancient Art

Seattle Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum Asian Collections

Los Angeles County Museum of Art South Asian Collections

Norton Simon South Asian Art


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