Pencil Drawing after Fragonard

Here’s my drawing practice project I’ve been working on these last two weeks.

I use this book a lot when I’m looking for something to draw.  It’s a thorough art history with lots of interesting information about the art and artists.  It does contain all of the classic and contemporary nudes you would expect, however,  so if you prefer art books without those types of “masterpieces” included, you’ll want to pass this book up.

This painting is called “A Young Girl Reading” by Jean-Honore Fragonard, c. 1776. 

Reading is one of our family’s favorite things so any picture involving books appeals to me.

The hardest parts to draw were the hand holding the book and the folds of fabric on the arm. After many tries, the hand finally looked decent, but the folds on her “charming sleeve”, as Beckett describes it,  are all wrong. I’ll try and work on it some more this weekend.

I hope you find some time to sit down, relax, and enjoy a good book this weekend!  🙂


  1. Floy Height

    You did a lot better than I could! I took one class in drawing with pencil at the Hondo Art League and quit after 2 weeks. I found it so boring since we were copying “beginner” photos. I did a hummingbird and decided it was done and didn’t need the 1000 more layers they do. I do want to learn to draw. I just got the book “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” and just haven’t had time to read it and do the exercises in drawing. It’s supposed to unblock the brain synapses that prevent some people from drawing what their eyes see. I am working on a face in glass right now.

  2. I had my picture made standing next to this painting Saturday in the National Gallery! 🙂 Such fun to see you drawing it here.

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