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.

 
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Philip Alexius de László

Darren R. Rousar   January 22, 2013

Philip Alexius de László was an Hungarian artist, born in 1869. Although he began his career as an historical painter, he is best known for his portraiture of early twentieth-century English and American socialites. He had a bravura style of brushwork which fit well with his contemporaries (and competition), Sargent, Sorolla and Zorn.

 
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The Blink Comparator

Darren R. Rousar   August 17, 2015

When using Sight-Size, a key way to visually check your work is to quickly flick your eye between it and nature (your source). Any errors will appear to visually ‘jump’ out of place. This act relies on a process known by cognitive psychologists as persistence of vision or the sparkler’s trail effect.

 
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Darren R. Rousar

Darren R. Rousar   May 14, 2015

Darren R. Rousar began formal classical art training when he was 16 years old. He has been teaching Sight-Size for over 30 years, to students from age 8 to their mid-80s. Darren is the author of three books, two of which are based on Sight-Size.