Saturday, January 16, 2010


We began collecting casts when we attended the Art Students League in New York back in the seventies. Drawing and painting from a cast is extremely helpful in learning about planes of light, construction, proportion, and anatomy. Knowledge you gain from this can then be applied to painting from a model. Artists approach the study of casts in a variety of ways. We tend to fall into the comparative measuring group.

The top picture is a quick, little drawing in charcoal, conte and white chalk that I did. The middle picture shows our collection of casts. Some are masks, which hang against a wall, and some are free standing. Others are anatomical studies showing the muscles, one shows the planes of the head, and some are from famous sculptures. Jack is doing an oil study on paper from one of our masks.

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