Would you like to draw better?

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Then you must develop
an accurate eye.

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Sir Henry Raeburn

Darren R. Rousar   June 10, 2013

[Raeburn's] manner of taking his likenesses explains the simplicity and power of his heads. Placing his sitter on the pedestal, he looked at him from the other end of a long room . . . [then] he walked hastily up to the canvas, never looking at his sitter, and put down what he had fixed in his inner eye.

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Drawing the Cast – Circa 1901

Darren R. Rousar   March 20, 2016

One of the things I did before writing Cast Drawing Using the Sight-Size Approach was to research some of the methods for teaching cast drawing outside of Gammell’s lineage. Rather than let the unused fruits of that research go to waste, I present some of it here.

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Matthew James Collins

Darren R. Rousar   October 19, 2016

Matthew James Collins is an American artist and teacher who lives in Italy. We first met in 1995 while he was a student at Charles Cecil Studios in Florence. Since then Matt has gone onto make a name for himself as a painter and sculptor.


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.