In the 5th print of my first book on animal painting I’ve rewritten some chapters and added a new one on drawing techniques of the old masters. (this bookversion is at this point in dutch, but the 4th print edition is also in English! Sketch and draw animals like the Old Masters When you look back into history, you will find many sketches of models and fabrics, all made as pre-studies for larger paintings to come. Think about the huge paintings hanging in the Louvre and the Rijksmuseum. Often the dramatic (often religious) scenes are packed with human bodies, fancy clothing and jewelry. This required not only skill of the artists, but a lot of pre-work to get the job done. The drawings of Da Vinci en Michelangelo are probably the best known.
Drawing technique The drawings were often made with just two or three colors in coal or pencil: black/brown or sienna/white. The white chalk was used to put highlights onto fabric, or the cheeks of a portrait. Giving the drawing an almost three dimensional feel. Of course this technique can be used for all kinds of subjects. In my book I will put it into practise on drawing animals.