Would you like to draw better?

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Then you must develop
an accurate eye.

FIND OUT HOW!
 
 
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Gilbert Stuart

Darren R. Rousar   May 7, 2013

Gilbert Stuart was one of America's great portrait painters. This self portrait was done while Stuart was in England, studying with another American ex-patriot painter, Benjamin West.

 
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Is Your Head Too Big, Or Is It Too Small?

Darren R. Rousar   August 24, 2016

Having a picture plane which is not perpendicular to your line of sight causes size issues. Fortunately, most ateliers that teach Sight-Size make sure that their students set up their easels vertically, with the picture plane perpendicular to the floor and to their line of sight. But what happens when you draw on a drawing board which is titled?

 
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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.