Friday, February 22, 2008

"Sight-Size" Drawing Update

Here's an in-progress photo of the sight-size drawing I was working on that I posted a few months ago. (I still need to get a shot of the finished drawing) And now I'm starting the painting using this drawing as a reference.

With a sight-size drawing like this the bottom, top and center lines are used as a reference to make sure the drawing is absolutely correct. I used a pair of calipers that Bill had at his studio as a measuring tool, but a piece of string or a ruler will also work. Measure top and bottom and side to side to make sure objects are correct and work from large shapes to small. It's a good idea in drawing to establish forms lightly and darken areas once you're certain they are right--saves time in erasing. And it's also a good idea to work from fuzzy to sharp, keep things loose and tighten detail once all the forms have been established. All of which I've found helps with a better drawing experience. So if you're looking to improve your accuracy in drawing, try a sight-size drawing--it's really helped me.

2 comments:

Christina & Jonathan said...

Hey Cas, the drawing looks really good. I'm going to have to try to draw a sight-size drawing. It looks hard! How's the studio coming along?

Anonymous said...

Casey this is Kirsten (LHS class of 93)I love this. I can't wait to see it finished.