I have chosen Albrecht Durer (1471-1528) and Lucian Freud (1922-2011) as two artists which exemplify mastery of detailed drawing. Durer’s draughtsmanship is incredible. Below is a drawing of a bird’s wing, showing the fine detail of his work. It is very precise and delicate.
In this study of feet, you can see Durer’s hatching techniques – he seems to use a curved hatching to give three dimensional form to the feet.
Lucian Freud’s early drawings were very detailed too. In particular, I love this one of a young woman, which I saw recently at the Lucian Freud exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. The photograph really doesn’t do it justice. The image is stunningly beautiful, with tiny little marks in chalk making up the picture surface. The detail on the hair is also amazing, with each strand being drawn in individually.