Why you should do Cast Drawings
Three reasons for drawing plaster casts
- 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 can be shown, and how there is a fractal harmony throughout these works.
Where to buy high-quality affordable plaster casts?
If you live in the US, I recommend Fountainhead Gipsoteca. You can use the code “Dorian” to get 10% off the full catalogue. If you live in the UK or Europe, I recommend Nicholas H Wood. Both are independent craftsmen and we’ve set up a win-win-win situation: you get access to high-quality materials at lower prices, I earn a small commission, and you directly support the artisans who gain a new customer. ❤️
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 developing much of my foundational drawing skills. I remember joining the academy and finding it difficult to imagine how I would possibly create one of these images. After many hours of work and sharpening observational skills, framing a finished study was very satisfying. And just as valuable as the new technical ability is the psychological resilience that I formed in the process of completing these works.
Make the most of your cast studies by downloading the Values Guide
where I share my best tips on using tonal values in drawing and painting.