This video shows the results of the 2021 October Art Dare: Mastercopies, where participants were challenged to create a mastercopy of a drawing created before 1950, in traditional media. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist Jordan McCracken-Foster.
Henrique Maciel (Brazil)
“At first I thought making a copy of someone else’s art wouldn’t be very interesting, I mean it’s just copying – what’s the fun in that? – But as I saw the stream and the goals of the dare I decided to give it a try.
I was so surprised. I felt so excited to try something new, and trying to understand what the artist was depicting in this portrait was fascinating. making this master copy I learned how important each stroke is in the final piece. Although in a completely different way than I used to see before.
Marks don’t determine only outlines or shapes. As in this piece, lines are used to convey dimension, texture, ‘flow’ and even a certain tactile quality that might be absent in super rendered drawings. I feel excited to try all sorts of new techniques now.”Henrique Maciel
Pat McIlroy (Canada)
“I originally chose Durer’s Five Nudes because I had been studying anatomy through Art Prof. At that point I hadn’t really posted anything for the community to see and I was excited to take part in the art dare.
This piece seemed to be a good fit in terms of my current studies and not as intimidating to attempt as some of Durer’s other works. Wanting to replicate the original medium used, I bought some ink and a dip pen (which I had never used before). I focused on following Durer’s individual pen-strokes.
I think I learned a lot about just how much contour can be expressed with so few marks. I wish I had used a slightly finer tip, as my lines are heavier than those in the original. But I think my major takeaway from this dare is just opening up to new media and experiences.”Pat McIlroy