Cast drawing

The process of a cast drawing – which is the next step in classical art education after having made a couple of Bargue drawings – are quite the same as with a Bargue drawing so I won’t go into much detail here but rather let the pictures speak for themselves. A tutorial can be found on my other website:

If you can’t see the animation, just click on the picture to open it in a separate window. The GIF animation should then show.

Always work with sharpened charcoal! For larger surfaces like the background you can use the residues from sharpening. Dab a brush or a sponge into the charcoal dust and work it into the area. Charcoal can be sharpened with sandpaper (click here for a demonstration).

Here you’ll find information on the right paper. You can either use a white or nearly white paper and use the paper’s value as the highlights – meaning that you don’t cover the white of the paper for the lightest spots of your drawing cast – or you can use a toned paper which makes the use of chalk necessary. I would recommend to use a white paper – keep things simple!

Now set up your atelier at home and work hard.

In order to receive feedback you can post images of your cast drawing on my Facebook page. I’m always curious about other’s progresses in their classical art training at home.

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