Applying Studies

  • Software:Photoshop CS6  ·

Rules of the Exercise

  • 1
    Download and open the practice worksheet for this exercise.
  • 2
    Apply the acquired knowledge you gained from doing our previous exercise on Master Studies.
  • 3
    Submit your work for this exercise under the "submissions" tab.


  This follows Exercise 37 where you are challenged to draw two master studies. You are meant to analyze these studies and learn from them. It may be on values, understanding color on a deeper level, using contrasts, whatever it may be. NOW This exercise is where you are meant to take that knowledge and create something original based on what you learned. This is because most artists can look at a master study and re-create it to some level of success. This is NOT why we do master studies. We do them to extend our knowledge, not showcase where our skill level is at currently and essentially become a photo-copy machine. Miles Johnston is an artist I have been following for years and is a great example of a modern artist that exhibits the true understanding of the fundamentals of art with his traditional background. He is one of the artists that have also exemplified how to take reference and use it effectively. Below are two of the images he created based from a reference and you can see how he was able to pull information from the reference and apply it to his work. e37_mjstudies Below is the practice worksheet that you can download! You can find this on the "Downloads" tab under the header image near the top of this exercise! On the left hand side you should place the master's work you created in Exercise 37 and then do your original piece on the right. exercise_38_PracticeSheet


  Not sure where to find some master studies? Check out our small collection PINTEREST BOARD OF MASTER STUDIES. Here you can find some inspiration as well as some you could work with! Ask yourself questions while you are working. How did the master study paint their eyes and why? Doing master studies are great to strengthen your understanding of art ONLY if you apply that knowledge. The goal is to become a more well rounded artist with a deeper understanding of what the masters knew. When you finish the exercise, remember to submit the result to the "Submissions" tab near the top of this exercise. You can see other submissions alongside your own!