Pencil studies of a torso by Gaston Lachaise
Since the mid-1980's, after introductions to figure drawing through
courses with Phil Grausman at Yale University, Craig Copeland has continued to develop 25 years of comprehensive
observations in the human form. The figure provides critical foundation to all of Copeland's work, inspiring his sculptural movements
with gestures that resonate closely with nature. Copeland's portfolio of figure drawings includes a broad
array of quick, spontanious gestural studies, as well as longer, more sustained analysis of
directly observed nudes and reinterpretations of modern masters' sculpture.