Help with artists’ study/copy?

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Hey everyone! I recently started my art GCSE this September, and I was wondering if anyone has any tips on doing artists’ copies? Perhaps how to make them look accurate, or just, better in general? I always tend to stress over something if it’s not perfect ;_;.

Any help is appreciated
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I don't know if this is proper advice but I find I'm way more successful with artist's studies if I zoom in on a small section of the painting and concentrate on adding more details in the zoomed-in version, as opposed to painting the whole thing/very large area because that will take ages, and you'll spend less time on getting the details right, and more time trying to finish filling in the blank paper.

I've also had more success after printing out the artist's painting to use as a reference, rather than painting from a phone/laptop screen with google images running because you can interpret the colours a lot more consistently (the colours on the phone/laptop screen change depending on which angle I look at it, and sometimes my eyes go funny/screen brightness changes etc.), and therefore more accurately.

Don't really know if that was helpful but they are the things that came to my mind Good luck!
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(Original post by onesleepystudent)
Hey everyone! I recently started my art GCSE this September, and I was wondering if anyone has any tips on doing artists’ copies? Perhaps how to make them look accurate, or just, better in general? I always tend to stress over something if it’s not perfect ;_;.

Any help is appreciated
One traditional trick is to turn the artist's work upside down, then copy it as it will make you focus on accurately copying the forms/shapes and lines you see rather than what you think a face/tree etc. should look like.
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One traditional trick is to turn the artist's work upside down, then copy it as it will make you focus on accurately copying the forms/shapes and lines you see rather than what you think a face/tree etc. should look like.
Thank you! I’ll certainly try this, hopefully my piece will then look better
(Original post by gcsemusicsucks)
I don't know if this is proper advice but I find I'm way more successful with artist's studies if I zoom in on a small section of the painting and concentrate on adding more details in the zoomed-in version, as opposed to painting the whole thing/very large area because that will take ages, and you'll spend less time on getting the details right, and more time trying to finish filling in the blank paper.

I've also had more success after printing out the artist's painting to use as a reference, rather than painting from a phone/laptop screen with google images running because you can interpret the colours a lot more consistently (the colours on the phone/laptop screen change depending on which angle I look at it, and sometimes my eyes go funny/screen brightness changes etc.), and therefore more accurately.

Don't really know if that was helpful but they are the things that came to my mind Good luck!
I’ll try this too, maybe it’ll stop me from getting too overwhelmed aswell. Thank you
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Thank you! I’ll certainly try this, hopefully my piece will then look better

I’ll try this too, maybe it’ll stop me from getting too overwhelmed aswell. Thank you
To expand on what the other poster just said, you can make this even easier by drawing a grid on a photo of the artist's work and putting the same size/dimension grid on your paper, then copy each section of the grid as it is on the original. Extra info -
https://www.art-is-fun.com/grid-method/

Good luck!
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