Drawing with... Prud'hon


The Artist features in this week’s session of “Drawing with…” is dedicated to the great Prud’hon.

Copying one of his works, will give us an insight into his impeccable technique, starting from the initial rough blocking-in of the main outline and dominant values of the subject, and gradually developing the figure tonally to a highly smooth finish.
We will be working with charcoal and chalk on toned paper.


  • Drawing paper: good quality paper, such as Strathmore Drawing or Bristol in medium or vellum surface or Legion white.
  • Pastels: red earth chalk or pastel, such as sanguine, burnt sienna, Pompeyan red. Brown pastel such as sepia, charcoal pencils or sticks. White chalk in pencils or sticks.
  • For the colored chalk or pastel you can use cretacolor, conte or general’s, for the charcoal you can use General’s compressed charcoal in pencils, medium and soft.
  • You will also need erasing tools such as Mars plastic, kneaded eraser and Tombow erasers in pencils or similar.

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.