Category Fine Art

Notes and case studies from my practice in classical fine art techniques with a focus on oil painting and charcoal drawing.

Bargue Plates 1.3 & 1.4

This plate was another hard one. It took me 3 tries at 2 hours a piece to get an accurate drawing. It is taking me some time to get used to this sight-size method, although I am seeing some benefits of using the technique. Namely, it is much easier to see major errors than if the drawing board were on my lap.

Bargue Plates 1.1 & 1.2

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. Plate 1 deals with eyes - an appropriate place to start, since we're concentrating on learning how to "see" as artists.

My Working Methods

If you are taking a similar approach to art instruction as I am - that is, going it alone - you're going to need a well-defined plan. From the Charles Bargue Drawing Course to life classes, cast drawings, and sketchbooks, I plan to utilize a number of tools to develop my skills.

Setting Up Your Studio

Setting up an in-home art studio need not be a daunting task, nor should you feel like you'll have to forget about this year's vacation in order to fund it. In order for it to meet your artistic needs, you will have to decide what you're going to be doing with your new studio space, then develop a plan to best utilize what you've got.

First Leg of the Journey

Becoming a proficient artist is no easy task - especially if one wants to develop a realistic style and practice figurative painting and drawing. This, however, is the path I wish to take. In fact, I've been wanting to do it for a long time - I just haven't had a clear road-map. Until now...