Open Drawing Session: The costumed figure


This Practice Session is dedicated to drawing costumed figures from times past, specifically copying drawings by Pollaiuolo, depicting elegant ladies in beautiful dresses from the Early Renaissance, and also drawings by Antoine Watteau depicting dandy dresses and costumes sported by “Commedia dell’Arte” characters, while frolicking in bucolic landscapes. A really fashionable way to spend an afternoon!


  • White or lightly toned drawing paper in gray or tan.
  • Red, black and white-colored pencils or red and white chalk and charcoal sticks or charcoal pencils in medium gradation graphite pencils, HB, B, or 2B will do.
  • Eraser, pencil sharpener, sandpaper.
  • You can also bring watercolors on brown ink for light washes.

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.