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STEP 1: LEARN THE SIGHT-SIZE APPROACH

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STEP 2: PRACTICE DRAWING WHAT YOU SEE

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STEP 3: DRAW WITH CONFIDENCE

Do you struggle trying to draw what you see?

So you want to draw, but don't do it. Why is that?
Odds are, you're intimidated. That’s because you weren’t trained to see.
And if you can’t see accurately, you can't draw well.

  • Drawing from life intimidates you

  • Your drawings are disproportionate

  • You're unable to capture a likeness

  • You’re embarrassed by your drawings

Drawing with confidence is not difficult when you know how to see in an accurate way.
Sight-Size helps you confidently draw whatever you see because it assures accurate sight.

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Sight-Size helps you draw with confidence!

After you learn how to see using Sight-Size, and with some practice

  • Drawing will be a pleasure

  • Proportion is almost automatic

  • You'll effortlessly capture a likeness

  • You’ll be proud of your drawings

What is Sight-Size? Sight-Size is simply an arrangement of the artist, subject, and artwork that allows the artist to see their subject and artwork one-to-one.

The Elements of Sight-Size

Sight-Size Element 1 - Arrange your subject and artwork visually side-by-side.

ELEMENT 1:
A SIDE-BY-SIDE ARRANGEMENT

Sight-Size Element 2 - Choose a proper vantage point.

ELEMENT 2:
A CONSISTENT VANTAGE POINT

Sight-Size Element 3 - Draw what you see.

ELEMENT 3:
DRAWING WHAT YOU SEE

The traditional path to learning how to draw with confidence is by attending an atelier run by a competent teacher.

But what if you cannot attend an atelier, or you want supplemental training?

There are 3 ways you can learn how to
draw with confidence using Sight-Size.

Which option is right for you?

Drawing with confidence.
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Read the Drawing with Confidence eBook

Want to learn how to confidently draw what you see? Confidently drawing what you see begins with learning how to see. Learn the basics of how to see with the free guide Drawing with Confidence.

In this free PDF eBook, Darren R. Rousar will teach you how to see using the basics of the Sight-Size approach to seeing. The eBook also includes numerous exercises which help you practice the approach and ultimately draw with confidence. All you need is a pencil, an eraser, and some paper!

Perfect for: Anyone who is new to the Sight-Size approach to seeing and wants to begin their journey with limited expense.

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Drawing with confidence.

Read the Drawing with Confidence eBook

Want to learn how to confidently draw what you see? Confidently drawing what you see begins with learning how to see. Learn the basics of how to see with the free guide Drawing with Confidence.

In this free PDF eBook, Darren R. Rousar will teach you how to see using the basics of the Sight-Size approach to seeing. The eBook also includes numerous exercises which help you practice the approach and ultimately draw with confidence. All you need is a pencil, an eraser, and some paper!

Perfect for: Anyone who is new to the Sight-Size approach to seeing and wants to begin their journey with limited expense.

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Read the Cast Drawing in Sight-Size Book

Want to learn cast drawing in Sight-Size like atelier students do? Learn the complete approach to Sight-Size cast drawing in your own home with the book Cast Drawing in Sight-Size: An Atelier Manual.

Cast drawing is often the primary step in learning how to draw without fear. In the book Cast Drawing in Sight-Size, Darren will teach you cast drawing in the way many atelier students are taught. This book explains the complete process of drawing casts in Sight-Size, using three different casts.

Perfect for: Anyone who wants to learn Sight-Size cast drawing with limited expense, and for those who want to supplement their atelier training.

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Read the Cast Drawing in Sight-Size Book

Want to learn cast drawing in Sight-Size like atelier students do? Learn the complete approach to Sight-Size cast drawing in your own home with the book Cast Drawing in Sight-Size: An Atelier Manual.

Cast drawing is often the primary step in learning how to draw without fear. In the book Cast Drawing in Sight-Size, Darren will teach you cast drawing in the way many atelier students are taught. This book explains the complete process of drawing casts in Sight-Size, using three different casts.

Perfect for: Anyone who wants to learn Sight-Size cast drawing with limited expense, and for those who want to supplement their atelier training.

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Watch the Cast Drawing in Sight-Size Videos

Want to be shown how to draw casts instead of just reading about it? Learn all about cast drawing in Sight-Size through text and video with the Cast Drawing in Sight-Size video course. On-demand streaming, or download to watch.

In the Cast Drawing in Sight-Size video course, Darren shows you every step involved in drawing plaster casts from life. Included with this video is the PDF eBook version of the Cast Drawing in Sight-Size: An Atelier Manual.

Perfect for: Anyone who cannot attend an atelier but wants the same instruction in written and visual form.

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Watch the Cast Drawing in Sight-Size Videos

Want to be shown how to draw casts instead of just reading about it? Learn all about cast drawing in Sight-Size through text and video with the Cast Drawing in Sight-Size video course. On-demand streaming, or download to watch.

In the Cast Drawing in Sight-Size video course, Darren shows you every step involved in drawing plaster casts from life. Included with this video is the PDF eBook version of the Cast Drawing in Sight-Size: An Atelier Manual.

Perfect for: Anyone who cannot attend an atelier but wants the same instruction in written and visual form.

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Darren Rousar 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 Rousar is one of those rare teachers, formed from the studio tradition, who understands the how and why, and can explain it and do it.
D. Pwersp

Basically your saving me time, money, stress and gives me a lot of "inside knowledge" that for the most part, only the teachers have.
R. van Bruggen

I have learned some tremendously valuable lessons that are already helping my drawing and painting. And, most importantly, training my eye to see more accurately!
R. Levin

You can eliminate the fear and learn how to confidently draw and paint what you see.

And you can begin today!

Drawing what you see can be fun, absorbing, and seemingly effortless. It can be something that you do with confidence. What's holding you back is fear. Fear that you'll mess up. Fear that your drawing will look foolish. And fear that you'll fail.

The reason for your fears is that you don't know how to see. Of course you can see. But you don't know how to see. Instead, without you being aware of it, your eye takes shortcuts. For example, although you know what an apple looks like, you've likely not given much thought to the fact that it would be rare for the shape of one apple to be identical to that of another. Your idea of an apple is a generic stand-in for all apples.

But after you understand how to see, you'll begin seeing all the differences that heretofore went unnoticed. Along with practice, that learned skill in seeing results in confidently drawing whatever you can see.

The first step in learning how to see is following the Sight-Size approach. Sight-Size solves many problems and the primary one is scale. Some artists (and most students) place their drawing board in their lap with their subject out in the distance in front of them. The consequence of this arrangement is that their drawing is of a different size than what they're actually seeing. That difference in scale is a common cause of the fear of drawing. Sight-Size always assures a visual one-to-one relationship between drawing and subject so you are literally and directly drawing what you see.

Due to the Sight-Size arrangement you'll be better able to accurately see what you're looking at because all of your comparisons are one-to-one. This gives you the opportunity to see your subject independently of what it actually is. You can then clearly see the shapes and values that define its appearance. And when you're able to see an accurate appearance, you can confidently draw it.

My name is Darren R. Rousar, and in my teenage years I was where you are today. Then, during the late 80's through the early 2000's I studied and taught at numerous ateliers in the States and Florence, Italy. Since then most of my efforts have been guiding students through print and online.

If you want to learn how to confidently draw what you see, I can help.
That help begins with your free eBook, Drawing with Confidence.

Drawing with confidence.

To help you overcome the fear of drawing what you see I created a free PDF eBook, Drawing with Confidence. The guide is yours for free.

  1. Simply fill out the form.
  2. Confirm your email address.
  3. Receive a link to Drawing with Confidence in your email.
Drawing with confidence.

To help you overcome the fear of drawing what you see I created a free PDF eBook, Drawing with Confidence. The guide is yours for free.

  1. Simply fill out the form.
  2. Confirm your email address.
  3. Receive a link to Drawing with Confidence in your email.
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STEP 1:
LEARN THE SIGHT-SIZE APPROACH

Read the free eBook 'Drawing with Confidence' or watch the 'Cast Drawing in Sight-Size' videos to understand how Sight-Size works.

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STEP 2:
PRACTICE DRAWING WHAT YOU SEE

Following the principles learned in Step 1, practice drawing what you see.

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STEP 3:
DRAW WITH CONFIDENCE

After you've understood the principles of Sight-Size and practiced consistently, you'll draw with confidence!

When you can see accurately you can confidently draw anything you can see.

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Meet Your Guide

Darren R. Rousar, author of numerous books about Sight-Size, has helped thousands of fearful artists learn how to draw with confidence using the Sight-Size approach.

As a former student Darren knew the fear of trying to draw something that appears too complicated and difficult. All that fear and concern evaporated after he learned to see using Sight-Size. As a teacher, Darren has helped student after student move from insecure to confident artist by teaching them how to see using the Sight-Size approach.

Darren created the free PDF eBook, Drawing with Confidence, to bring the Sight-Size approach to seeing and drawing to everyone who has a fear of drawing but wants to draw confidently.

You too can draw anything you can see - WITH CONFIDENCE!