Degas déjà vu: Ballerinas


Copying Degas’ beautiful ballerinas drawings was a lot of fun, and so many of you expressed the desire to copy some more, that I decided to offer a second drawing session dedicated to this great master of light, motion, and grace.

During this 2:30-hour session, we will copy two works by Degas: the first is a quick sketch that will permit us to warm up a bit and learn to capture the essence of a subject with a few essential strokes of graphite or charcoal.

The second work is a drawing in graphite or charcoal and white chalk on toned paper: a very basic but elegant and effective technique to capture the light and the sense of volume of this graceful subject.

roberto osti
roberto osti
Roberto Osti teaches figure drawing and human anatomy for artists at the New York Academy of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Formally trained as a medical illustrator before becoming a fine artist, Osti has contributed his work to many science and art publications. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries in Europe and the United States. He is the author of Basic Human Anatomy (2016), an art instruction best seller and classic reference book. His latest book , Dynamic Human Anatomy has been released in March 2021.