El Greco “Agony in the Garden” version two. 

Working from a pair of paintings lends the copying experience an intensity. Like working from Veronese’s “Allegory of Love”  set, working from the El Greco pair means you can compare and reassess throughout.

"After El Greco: Agony in the Garden", pencil on paper, A3 sketchbook page, Charlie Kirkham, 2015.
“After El Greco: Agony in the Garden”, pencil on paper, A3 sketchbook page, Charlie Kirkham, 2015.

Drawing the second “Agony in the Garden” was easier in many ways. I had a clearer sense of the composition. This didn’t stop me wildly underestimating the width of the angel again though!

"After El Greco: Agony in the Garden versions 1 and 2", pencil on paper, A3 sketchbook page, Charlie Kirkham, 2015.
“After El Greco: Agony in the Garden versions 1 and 2”, pencil on paper, A3 sketchbook pages, Charlie Kirkham, 2015.

 

Fantastic experience of copying from one of the most idiosyncratic masters.