When I was a kid, my mom always cut coupons on Sunday morning. I’d sit
beside her and do the same, but I’d flip through magazines and
newspapers and cut out pictures I liked or lettering that I thought was
neat, and I never gave up my artsy coupon clipping habit because it’s a
great way to pull inspirational images into my orbit.
Seeing a painting or drawing progress from beginning to end allows the
finished artwork to be understood as a series of discrete steps leading
to a virtuosic whole. During a recent tour of the Grand Central Academy
(GCA), in New York City, I observed instructor Joshua LaRock developing
a drawing of Michelangelo's marble sculpture Dying Slave, based on a cast bust of the master's sculpture.