Why you should do Cast Drawings
Three reasons for doing Cast Drawing
- Plaster casts are three-dimensional but unlike models, they don’t move.
- This allows you to study them in great detail through refined drawings.
- Plaster casts are white.
- Because of this, you can clearly observe the interaction of light and form. This helps you develop a strong sense for communicating form changes through tonal changes in a drawing.
- Good plaster casts are examples of good design.
- Drawing a Bernini bust will make you aware of how the human form can be conceptualized, how tension is shown, how there is a fractal harmony throughout these works. Of course, this depends on the selection of the sculpture.
Below are some of my cast drawings from my time at Angel Academy of Art. All of them required between two and four months to complete – time spent earning myself much of my drawing foundation. I remember joining the school and being unable to imagine how I would possibly create one of these. After many hours of work and sharpening observational skills, there is deep satisfaction in framing a finished study like this. And even more valuable than the new technical ability is the psychological resilience that is formed by continuing until the work is complete.