Since a child I used to draw based on something rather than improvising with my own mind. Even in art schools I felt more secure when the assignment was to draw or paint still life or a model. Because of that making copies was something easy and delightful for me already then, although I do now prefer a more creative approach and trust my own style or “handwriting”.
Simone Martini’s “The Annunciation” (detail), reneissance 1333, egg tempera
Icon “Saint John Climacus with Saint George and Saint Blaise”, Russia, 13th century 2nd half, egg tempera
Peter Paul Rubens “The Portrait of Susanna Lunden” 1622-1625
4th course of Pallas University of Applied Sciences, copy painting, oil