Classical Drawing

OK people, this may be another step in my drawing evolution. About a year ago, I heard about “classical drawing”. This is drawing from plaster casts and studying the form and mastering light and shadow. Something like that. European awesomeness. Something that would normally require a class, which I can not do at this point.

While digging around the interwebs yesterday, I discovered that before using actual casts, and eventual life drawing, there’s a course called “Bargue Drawing”. Charles Bargue, a 19th century French artist, created, basically, a huge catalog of drawings from old human casts. These drawings are used to train your eye to draw what you see. Apparently artists like Vincent van Gogh and Picasso used this method for learning to draw.

I can do this one from home! You put the reference picture drawing right next to your paper and you measure all the major points to have an exact size copy before doing all the shading.



I used 2H, HB, and 2B pencils. I used an embroidery thread as my measuring device (it’s what I had handy). It took about 2 1/2 to 3 hours to do.


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It was so much fun, I’m going to do another one today.

Keep drawing!

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