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Charles Wellington Furse

Darren R. Rousar   January 9, 2013

At age 16, Charles Wellington Furse, ARA (1868-1904) became a student of Alphonse Legros at the Slade school, London. Later, he attended the Académie Julian in Paris. He was a painter of portraits and figure subjects, lecturer and writer on art.

 
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Practicing Scales

Darren R. Rousar   February 3, 2016

Few skills are learned in bulk. They are learned one step at a time. Take learning to play the piano for example. We all know that budding pianists spend countless hours practicing scales. Why is it any different for learning how to draw?

 
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Kirk Richards

Darren R. Rousar   November 16, 2015

Artist, author and teacher, Kirk Richards and I first met, online in 2008, and in person during the memorial for Richard Lack in 2009. Since then he has often been a source of information and encouragement. Recently, he was kind enough to answer some questions for sightsize.com.

 

Do you want to learn how to accurately draw, paint, or sculpt?

First, learn to see.

Sight-Size is the best way to do that because it allows you to directly compare your artwork to nature.

The result is a visually accurate 1:1 comparison.

Educate the eye before you educate the hand. The hand will become cunning soon enough when the eye has learned to see, whereas if the hand be educated before the eye one may never see.

Carolus-Duran (1881)

John Singer Sargent


Sargent, when he painted the size of life, placed his canvas on a level with the model, walked back until canvas and sitter were equal before his eye, and was thus able to estimate the construction and values of his representation.

Sir William Rothenstein (1931)

Richard F. Lack


To see is the student's first and last concern. Without a well-trained eye a student can never rise above mediocrity. If there ever was a secret of the old masters, it surely was their extraordinary ability to see.

Richard F. Lack (1975)

Philip de László


I set my canvas beside my sitter, but what I put on that canvas I judge from a certain distance [so as to see] my subject as a whole. When I stand back I am recording mentally what I am going to put on my canvas when I walk up to it.

Philip de László (1934)

Sight-Size.com exists to help you learn to see.
And, by extension, to draw, paint, and sculpt.
-Darren R. Rousar

Darren provides helpful tips that only an active, involved teacher can provide. It's clear he has worked with students who tackle the problems he addresses when learning to see values and shapes correctly. Each problem is addressed with a solution, helpful tips and encouraging advice.
-A. Champlin

 

Darren R. Rousar is a master teacher and made the whole process so simple and easy. Everything you need to get started is right here.
-Dianna H.

 

What you will learn from Rousar is a way of drawing that is focused and sure. It is like having him there beside you as he walks you through an approach to skill development in drawing. He is one of those rare teachers, formed from the studio tradition, who understands the how and why, and can explain it and do it.
-David P.