Stage 6: the finished drawing It feels good to be back at a Bargue drawing again. This plate is going to be a challenge, being the first one to feature full modelling of light and dark, with half tones included. Hopefully the next few posts will serve as a good introduction to copying the Bargue drawings using the sight size technique. Starting the drawing First the set up.
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Stage 6: the finished drawing It feels good to be back at a Bargue drawing again. This plate is going to be a challenge, being the first one to feature full modelling of light and dark, with half tones included. Hopefully the next few posts will serve as a good introduction to copying the Bargue drawings using the sight size technique.
Starting the drawing First the set up. Drawing sight size means that the copy will be the same size as the original.
The easel is upright, and the board has been checked to be level with a spirit level. The first thing to do is to set up a plumb line that will be used to mark a vertical running through the drawing. All measurements will be taken from this line. These two lines have been transferred to the paper. One of the most useful things that practicing with the Bargue drawings has taught me so far is the general approach of working from the general to the specific. Look for the big shapes first, get the overall proportions right, and the detail will slot into place later.
This seems to me to be an almost universally useful approach to almost anything, and certainly transfers to other types of drawing, and also to painting. With this in mind, the next step is to mark the four most important points on the drawing: the highest, lowest, furthest right and furthest left.
I describe how to do that in the next post in this series.
Bargue Plates 1.1 & 1.2
And So We Begin… Bargue Plate 1 — the original Starting off on our journey through the Bargue course, we encounter a number of plates that deal with specific anatomical features drawn in a simplified manner. I want to deal with each drawing one at a time, so I cut out the first one and taped it onto my drawing board. The artist observes the original from a distance of a few paces back, using a plumb-line with a weight attached to the bottom, and measures distances visually, either with his plumb-line or some other measuring device, such as a pencil or skewer. The artist then steps forward and makes a mark on the paper when a correct measurement has been made. He continues comparing measurements to each other until the drawing is constructed in the exact same proportions as the original. Confused yet?
The Bargue Debacle
This is based on the misconception that the purpose of the course was to teach artists how to draw. Nothing could be farther from the truth and the record needs to be set straight. Photography had been invented a few decades before but a printing method to mass produce these images had not yet been perfected. If these plates are to be used at all they should be used in accordance with their intent and not a drawing method.