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.
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.
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