Drawing with… Michelangelo!

This beautiful study by Michelangelo, portrays the back of a “sbandieratore”, loosely translatable as “flagger”, if it’s even a word, or, maybe, flagbearer.

The sbandieratori were an important mean of communication during battle, signaling strategies and movements to the troops on the battlefield by means of flags that were also thrown up high in the air so that they could be seen at a distance.

These young men were fit and with sculpted musculature, and that’s probably why Michelangelo used one of these soldiers as a model, creating a beautiful drawing that shows a deep knowledge of anatomy, great sense of volume, and impeccable technique.

Join me, on Tuesday, March 1, for another session of “Drawing with” where we will tackle this handsome young man with charcoal and chalk on toned paper, practicing tonal rendering, chiaroscuro, drawing technique, and even figure anatomy!


  • Drawing paper: a couple of sheets of lightly toned drawing paper, tan or gray. You can also stain a sheet of hot press watercolor paper with coffee or brown ink or watercolor.
  • Charcoal sticks in medium and soft gradation.
  • Red earth, black and white chalk (General’s) or Conte-Cretacolor crayons. You can also use colored pencils in the same colors
  • Erasers and pencil sharpeners

Availability of Courses' Recordings

As part of the services offered by the New Renaissance Atelier, you will have access to the recordings of the video sessions of all the courses you purchased for one year.
You will find the links to the videos in your Personal Video Library that has been set up specifically for you. Please keep this Video library link on your desktop or in your browser for easy access.

In case You missed a course You are interested in, You can purchase the recording of the video sessions, by clicking on the menu above

roberto osti
roberto osti
Roberto Osti teaches figure drawing and human anatomy for artists at the New York Academy of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Formally trained as a medical illustrator before becoming a fine artist, Osti has contributed his work to many science and art publications. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries in Europe and the United States. He is the author of Basic Human Anatomy (2016), an art instruction best seller and classic reference book. His latest book , Dynamic Human Anatomy has been released in March 2021.
Drawing with… Michelangelo
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