The rubric for this project can be found at the link below:
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Cast drawings are drawings where the subject matter is a copy (a cast) of a piece of sculpture - usually a portrait or a figure. The benefit is that the casts are all one color, usually white, and are also totally stationary.
We also broke down the drawing process into five clear steps:
- The Block-in - establish the overall size and the basic shape of the drawing on the page.
- Check Proportions - Measure your subject (by eye) and make notations of where the major landmarks/features are.
- Mapping - this is the first bit of "real" drawing. Use line/outline to establish the major features of your subject, as well as the location of value/shadow shapes.
- 2 values - Follow your mapping and fill all of the shadow areas with a light/medium gray, while leaving the light areas the white of the paper. This establishes FORM.
- Finishing - Literally the rest of the drawing. Go through your entire drawing and REFINE. Add more dark values in the shadows, add light halftones (grays) in the lights, turn form (shading to make it look round, and clean the whole thing up. Remember to look at your subject, compare your drawing to the subject and let it guide you to a good finish.
We watched two videos that illustrated this process. They can be found below:
The first drawing is Florent Farges. This is a great example of traditional cast drawing in the Sight-Size method - where the drawing is the same size that the artists sees the cast.