Welcome to Sight-Size.com, a site dedicated to naturalistic seeing. From drawing to painting to scuplture, Sight-Size.com is the premier site for everything Sight-Size related.

Sight-Size   (also spelled Sight-size, sight-size)
-Drawing or painting while viewing both the model and artwork simultaneously from a selected position so that both images appear the same size to the artist. This setup allows the artist to directly compare nature with the artwork and to more easily see and record the impression of the whole of the scene.
-Origin of the term is unknown, possibly a 19th century American or British artist. The practise was known as far back as Leonardo. Both the term and approach were popularized by the 20th century American artist R.H. Ives Gammell.

Sight-Size.com News...
January 1, 2013
Future Sight-Size updates will be posted to this category of my blog, Studio Rousar.

July 23, 2010
Jerzy Niedojadlo of Nitram Arts Inc. has just informed us that Nitram Fusain (the charcoal that most ateliers recommend) is being manufactured once again and will be available in January, 2011. See Nitram Charcoal for more information.

February 4, 2010
Marc Dalessio, one of this generation's best plein aire landscape painters, has just announced a Sight-Size Landscape painting class to be held in Umbria, Italy during the first part of June. Get all the details here.

And, in case you missed it, there was an article about Marc's method of using Sight-Size for plein air landscape painting in this past December's American Artist magazine. You can download the entire article in PDF form from Marc's blog.

October 9, 2009
American Artist Magazine has kindly given us permission to post their magazine's interview with Robert Douglas Hunter. The interview, Sight-Size A Method Of Painting, comes from the December 1970 issue and we are posting it online here.

October 3, 2009
Cast Painting Using the Sight-Size Approach is available at Amazon US and Amazon UK.

September 22, 2009
Richard Lack has passed away.

September 21, 2009
Our latest book, Cast Painting Using the Sight-Size Approach is available now at Amazon US and Amazon UK. It will be formally released on October 3, 2009.

August 8, 2009
Velatura Press is pleased to announce the publication of Drawing Made Easy with Selections from Practical Drawing.
Once a classic drawing instruction manual that was used to teach countless children and young adults how to draw, Drawing Made Easy by E. G. Lutz is now back in print after many years absence. Hallmarks of his approach are simplifying complex shapes as well as working from big to small. These concepts, outlined in Drawing Made Easy, are simple enough for children to understand and yet the same principles are evident in many Old Master drawings. Also contained within this reprinted volume are selections from Lutz's earlier book, Practical Drawing.

Note that while Drawing Made Easy is not a book about Sight-Size it does explain many concepts that are similar and this is the reason why we have chosen to reprint it.

Drawing Made Easy with Selections from Practical Drawing is available from Amazon US here and Amazon UK here.

May 11, 2009
Nicholas Beer's essay on the history of Sight-Size (also known as The Sight-Size Portrait Tradition) has been updated.

September 1, 2008
Misconceptions page added here.

April 2, 2008
We apologize, but due to an endless series of hacking attempts we have had to remove our forum.

March 25, 2008
For those who prefer to hold the book they're reading rather than read through a PDF on a computer screen, Velatura Press has reprinted Birge Harrison's book Landscape Painting. The original is from 1909 and is still considered a classic. It is available through Amazon. It is also still availible for free at these places: here and here.

March 21, 2008
Our DVD Sight-Size and the Art of Seeing is now available exclusively through Amazon.com.

March 20, 2008
Many of Nicholas Beer's sources for his essay on Sight-Size are now available online here.

March 8, 2008
Velatura Press LLC is releasing our DVD, Sight-Size and the Art of Seeing through Amazon. The current release date is April 15, 2008. All DVD sales will be now handled through Amazon.

February 2, 2008
Our new DVD Sight-Size and the Art of Seeing is now shipping!

January 15, 2008
The trailer for our new DVD Sight-Size and the Art of Seeing is up here.

December 12, 2007
Nicholas Beer's essay The Sight-Size Portrait Tradition is up here.

November 24, 2007
The Forum on Sight-Size.com is up and running.

November 12, 2007
Cast Drawing Using the Sight-Size Approach ships from all online retailers.

October 31, 2007
Charles Bargue And Jean-Leon Gerome: Drawing Course has been reprinted and is again available from Amazon.

October 28, 2007
Cast Drawing Using the Sight-Size Approach becomes available for preorder on Amazon UK.

October 24, 2007
The Sight-Size.com Store is open.

October 19, 2007
Cast Drawing Using the Sight-Size Approach becomes available for preorder on Amazon.com.

October 8, 2007
Although still in production, Sight-Size.com enters beta stage.

October 6, 2007
The first book by Velatura Press, Cast Drawing Using the Sight-Size Approach, goes to the printer and with it, The Sight-Size Library™ is born.
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